In a shock statement outside No.10 Downing Street this morning, May announced to the British public that she wishes to go to the polls in less than two months’ time, the PM claiming that opposition parties are continuing to jeopardise her Brexit preparations.
“We need a general election and we need one now,” she said. “I have only recently and reluctantly come to this conclusion but now I have concluded it is the only way to guarantee certainty for the years ahead.”
Indeed May will doubtless have been swayed by news that the Conservative Party enjoy a 21-point lead over the Labour Party in several opinion polls, this despite a policy blitz by the main opposition party. The Prime Minister stated that her government intended to deliver fully on the June EU referendum result by ensuring that the United Kingdom regained full control and negotiated beneficial trade deals.
As per the terms of the ‘Fixed-term Parliaments act’, the Prime Minister cannot demand an early election but she can lay down a motion to the House of Commons which would require a minimum of two-thirds of all MPs to back it.
The opposition leader, Jeremy Corbyn, welcomed May’s decision to announce a snap General Election and suggested that his MPs would back any motion by the House of Commons.
“I welcome the prime minister’s decision to give the British people the chance to vote for a government that will put the interests of the majority first. Labour will be offering the country an effective alternative to a government that has failed to rebuild the economy, delivered falling living standards and damaging cuts to our schools and NHS.
The polls suggest that this will be a huge victory for the Conservative Party with the bookmakers pretty confident of an overall Tory majority. Paddy Power go just 1/10 that Theresa May will be the next Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland with Jeremy Corbyn a distant third at 7/1. The same firm go 1/7 on a Conservative majority.
General Election Best Odds
1/5 – Conservative Majority
5/1 – No overall majority
16/1 – Labour Majority
Next Prime Minister
1/10 – Theresa May
7/1 – Jeremy Corbyn
1/10 – Conservative
8/1 – Labour
25/1 – Lib Dem
200/1 – SNP