Today, Prime Minister May announces a snap General Election which will potentially take place as close as June of this year – But amidst the resurgence of Scottish unrest and the uncertainty of Brexit, does the PM have the power order another referendum?
At 11.15am, the PM announced that Britain needs certainty, stability and strong leadership following June 2016’s EU Referendum. In her speech, Theresa stated “The country is coming together, but Westminster is not.”
Justifying her announcement, Theresa commented, “I have concluded the only way to guarantee certainty and security for years ahead is to hold this election.”
But questions have been raised regarding if calling a snap General Election is actually possible.
Under the reign of David Cameron, the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 was introduced. This meant that elections can only take place on the first Thursday in May every 5 years. By this logic, the next election should take place on the 7th May 2020.
Eyebrows have been raised after in March, the Independent reported that Downing Street had firmly stated “There will be no early general election”, with Theresa herself consistently quashing rumours of a general election, stating that it would bring uncertainty in a time when continuity was required after the EU Referendum.
In order to pass the motion, Theresa would require either the support of the opposition to pass a motion with a two thirds majority, or the house would have to make a vote of having no confidence in the government.
Moments later, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn would agree to the terms, taking to social media, where he cited, “I welcome the PM’s decision to give the British people the chance to vote for a government that will put the interests of the majority first.”
Commons will vote in regards to the proposed election, which is expected to be held on 8th June.