(London, AN24)- UK Prime Minister Theresa May has announced plans to seek a general election on 8 June.

Mrs. May made the announcement in front of the global press at number 10 Downing Street this morning stating that the UK needed certainty, stability and strong leadership following the EU referendum.

 

Explaining the decision, Mrs May said: “The country is coming together but Westminster is not.”

 

May added that she will ask the House of Commons vote to back her decision for the proposed June 8 general election on Wednesday – she will need Parliament’s backing to hold a vote before 2020.

 

Explaining her change of heart on an early election, Mrs May said: “I have concluded the only way to guarantee certainty and security for years ahead is to hold this election.”

 

Mrs May accused the other political parties of “game playing”, adding that this risks “our ability to make a success of Brexit and it will cause damaging uncertainty and instability to the country”.

 

“So we need a general election and we need one now. We have at this moment a one off chance to get this done.”