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United Kingdom to hold an early election

United Kingdom to hold an early election

Citizens of the United Kingdom are expected to head to the polls on June 8, after Prime Minister Theresa May announced an early election on Tuesday.

May took over at the helm of the British government, after her predecessor David Cameron failed to convince Brits to remains in the European Union. Following the United Kingdom's historic Brexit vote, May had initially announced that there would not been an election in the immediate future, to ensure stability during the exit process from the European Union.

However, there has been pressure, as May was not actually given a mandate to govern. She merely took over as Leader of the Conservative Party when Cameron resigned and became the British Prime Minister by default. 

It is believed an election will strengthen her hand, as the negotiations to leave the European Union begin. An election victory will also limit the adverse impact of those on opposition benches, during this volatile period for the United Kingdom.

"It was with reluctance that I decided the country needs this election, but it is with strong conviction that I say it is necessary to secure the strong and stable leadership the country needs to see us through Brexit and beyond," May told journalists at Downing Street.

The jury is out on just how prepared the Labour Party is to capitalize on this opportunity, with the party being as divided as it has ever been under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn.

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