LIVE: Theresa May calls snap general election

Britain will go to the polls on 8 June

 

The prime minister has announced that a general election will be held on 8 June.

Under the terms of the Fixed-Term Parliament Act, two-thirds of MPs must vote in favour of the early election in order for it to take place. The prime minister will present the motion to the Commons tomorrow.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn responded:

“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.

“In the last couple of weeks, Labour has set out policies that offer a clear and credible choice for the country.  We look forward to showing how Labour will stand up for the people of Britain.”

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has issued a statement:

“This election is your chance to change the direction of our country. If you want to avoid a disastrous Hard Brexit. If you want to keep Britain in the Single Market. If you want a Britain that is open, tolerant and united, this is your chance. Only the Liberal Democrats can prevent a Conservative majority.”

Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas said:

“Britain is at a crossroads – and today’s announcement means that people are rightly given a say over the direction this country is going to take. Only the Green Party offers a bold, positive vision for a different kind of Britain. At this election we will stand for an economy that works for everyone, not just the privileged few; a Britain that’s open to the world and the protection of our precious environment. We will stand up to the politics of hatred and division that is scarring our communities and give people across the country a chance to vote for a better Britain.”

Nicola Sturgeon has tweeted in response to May’s statement. It will be interesting to watch how the SNP manages its campaign, and how it affects the prospects of a second referendum.

More to follow…

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