The Prime Minister has this morning announced a snap general election to be held in June.
Parliament will vote to overturn the Fixed-Term Parliament Act tomorrow, in order to change the date of the next general election from 2020 to June 8 this year.
In her statement this morning, May said: “I have concluded that the only way to guarantee certainty and stability for the years ahead is to hold an election.”
“The country is coming together, but Westminster is not.”
She also said that the election was needed to allow the UK to progress with Brexit negotiations.
Prior to the announcement, the value of the pound dropped significantly, but has now returned to its previous levels.
However, in the stock market, the FTSE 100 is still down 1.3%, or 92 points.
The leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, has said that he supports Mrs May’s decision.
I welcome the PM’s decision to give the British people the chance to vote for a government that will put the interests of the majority first pic.twitter.com/9P3X6A2Zpw
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) April 18, 2017
However, Scotland’s First Minister has said that this is purely to force a hard Brexit.
The Tories see a chance to move the UK to the right, force through a hard Brexit and impose deeper cuts. Let's stand up for Scotland. #GE17
— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) April 18, 2017
You can register to vote in the election at https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote