British Prime Minister Theresa May wants the country to go to the polls on June 8.
May, who took office last July after predecessor David Cameron stepped down, will try to secure her own mandate as she negotiates Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union.
May, who delivered a surprise statement out her residence at 10 Downing Street, said an election needed because the country is coming together but Parliament is not.
She said her opponents’ “political game-playing” is undermining the country in Brexit talks.
May said she will hold a vote in Parliament on Wednesday to call for the June 8 election and that the opposition must support her call and give voters a choice.
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