UK prime minister defends decision to seek snap election
Otis Underwood | April 20, 2017, 6:24
British Prime Minister Theresa May Wednesday appealed to the public to trust her decision to call for an early general election on June 8, saying the move will strengthen her hand in the complex Brexit negotiations.
"The president considers that the real political negotiations on article 50 with the United Kingdom will start after the elections foreseen for the 8th of June", Schinas told a press conference in Brussels.
She said she changed her mind on a walking holiday over the Easter break with her husband last week, after "reluctantly" concluding that the "game-playing" over Brexit among politicians in London would make negotiating much harder.
The British Prime Minister is seeking an election to copperfasten her mandate ahead of Brexit negotiations.
Britain's next national election had not been due until for 2020, a year after the scheduled completion of two years of European Union exit talks.
"She says it's about leadership, yet is refusing to defend her record in television debates and it's not hard to see why". Due to discouraging polls, many on the left believe their best bet is a Labour coalition with Liberal Democrats, a party that will campaign on a soft or no Brexit platform in the upcoming election in hopes of taking seats from Tories by appealing to Conservative voters who wanted to remain in the EU. The leaders of the 27 remaining European Union countries will meet on April 29 to agree the bloc's negotiating position, which will then be translated into a legal text by the European Union commission in May.
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she would be fighting the election "to win", saying the PM had called it "for selfish, narrow, party political interests".
The SNP has signalled its MPs will abstain in the vote, but Labour and the Liberal Democrats have welcomed the early election.
Brexit Secretary David Davis and Chancellor Philip Hammond are believed to have been the only ministers who were extensively consulted.
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"The Prime Minister's attempt to dodge scrutiny shows how she holds the public in contempt", said Mr Farron.
Mrs May replied: "I know it's taken you a little time to get the hang of these Prime Minister's Questions but I have to say to you that week in, week out you stand up and ask me questions and I respond to those questions".
"What the British people - what the people of the United Kingdom - voted for previous year was for the UK to leave the European Union".
In her interview with the Sun on Wednesday, Mrs May said "political game playing" risked hampering her Brexit negotiations, with some opponents "trying to stop us every step of the way".
Earlier, Ms May suggested she won't use the general election to give voters more detail about the kind of Brexit she wants, instead asking them to trust her to deliver.
He added: "She could also become more unbending; we don't know".
Britain will go to the polls again in June after the House of Commons today voted overwhelmingly in favour of an early election.