Trump, May speak about British election plans

19 April, 2017, 09:43 | Author: Brian Mcdaniel

The prime minister needs Parliament's backing to hold a vote before the next scheduled date of 2020.

'It is a risky policy, staying above the fray when you are saying the country's coming together and we are united on this Brexit issue, and when she knows a lot of Remainers still have a lot to say and are not going to shut up and may not vote the way she wants.

At present, Ms. May's governing Conservatives have 330 seats in the 650-seat House of Commons.

A survey conducted after May's announcement put her Conservative Party 21 points ahead of the main opposition Labour Party.

May triggered a two-year countdown to Britain's exit from the European Union last month, and high-stakes negotiations to settle divorce terms and agree on a new relationship are expected to start within weeks.

May said the election was to allow the government to strive forward with "unity" in Brexit negotiations.

"We expect to have the Brexit guidelines adopted by the European Council on 29 April and following that the Brexit negotiating directives ready on 22 May".

May, who took office in July after predecessor David Cameron stepped down, could be tempted to go to the polls to secure her own mandate as she negotiates Britain's withdrawal from the European Union.

And in an extraordinary intervention, Mr Dimbleby suggested the BBC was ready to carry out the threat in a bid to force Mrs May to change her mind.

"We need a general election and we need one now", she said.

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If we do not hold a general election now, their political game-playing will continue, and the negotiations with the European Union will reach their most hard stage in the run-up to the next scheduled election.

"I think actually it makes her look a little bit arrogant and a little bit complacent", said Liberal Democrat lawmaker Alistair Carmichael. "They are wrong", Mrs May said yesterday. "They underestimate our determination to get the job done and I am not prepared to let them endanger the security of millions of working people across the country".

For decades British prime ministers could call elections at will, but that changed with the 2011 Fixed-Term Parliaments Act, which established set polling days every five years. It is highly unlikely that it will turn into a forum for the Remain camp.

Although elections are held every five years in the United Kingdom, the prime minister can call a snap election provided two-thirds of lawmakers vote for it in the House of Commons.

"Clearly she sees the opportunity, given the total disarray in the ranks of the Labour party, to crush all opposition to her, to get rid of people who disagree with her, and to give herself a free hand to take the country in the increasingly right-wing direction that she wants to take it in". He said Labour would fight the election promising a fairer society and economy, and "a Brexit that works for all". The U.K. voted 52 percent to 48 percent to leave the European Union, but Scotland backed remaining by a large majority, and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is seeking to hold a referendum on independence from the U.K.

Ms Sturgeon also said her position on a second independence referendum was "clear, and will continue to be clear throughout this campaign".

May says that the experience of other political parties "playing games" over the triggering of Article 50 made her concerned that they would jeopardise the success of Brexit negotiations by threatening to block the deal she eventually achieves in Brussels.

The Scottish National Party now holds 54 of Scotland's 59 seats in the British Parliament, making it the third-largest party there.

But on Tuesday, the pound's rise caused the index to dive 2.5 percent, the biggest daily drop since the day after the Brexit vote.

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