United Kingdom prime minister defends decision to seek snap election

Tony Blair has predicted Theresa May will win a “large majority” in the general election but called for a “movement” of pro-EU voters to prevent her getting a mandate for a “Brexit at any cost”.

The latest poll comes after ComRes and ICM gave the Conservatives a 21 point lead, suggesting Theresa May could win a triple-digit majority at the general election on 8 June.

However, Tuesday she said she had a “change of heart” in order to bring unity within the political corridors of Britain.

Even though opinion polls show that the Conservative Party is likely to perform strongly, lawmakers from the opposition parties were expected to go along with May’s call – perhaps out of fear that resisting an early election would make them look weak.

Senior Liberal Democrats have already “confirmed” to The Telegraph that Blair “could” strike an alliance with Lib Dem leader Tim Farron and lead a joint campaign against Brexit at the general election.

The leader of the main opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, pressed May in Parliament Wednesday to take part in a televised debate ahead of the election, but May maintained she had no interest in doing so.

Mrs May used the visit to reiterate her message that the election is about ensuring Britain has “strong and stable leadership” going into Brexit negotiations.

European Union officials say Britain’s surprise election will not interrupt the bloc’s preparations for Brexit talks – though they will slightly delay the start of negotiations.

She says an early election would provide “certainty and stability” in the negotiations, which will now start after the vote.

Labour Party leader Corbyn said he welcomed May’s decision “to give the British people the chance to vote for a government that will put the interests of the majority first”. May for the snap election is a desire to strengthen the UK’s hand in negotiations with the European Union.

Ms Goodman acknowledged that Labour faces an uphill struggle ahead of the June 8 snap election.

“It’s important to ensure that Brexit does not have negative effects on [EU Citizens’] lives, and rights they are enjoying”, he said.

“Division in Westminster will risk our ability to make a success of Brexit and it will cause damaging uncertainty and instability to the country”, she said.

It is no surprise that Scottish nationalist leader Nicola Sturgeon, who wants another referendum on independence, says someone has to speak up for Scotland. “We’ve got more members than we’ve ever had before, we’ve paid off all our debts to the party, we don’t have any mortgages, we are in a very strong, organised position”.

The smaller Liberal Democrats, who lost most of their seats in 2015 after entering coalition with the Conservatives, are hoping to capitalise on their strong support for the European Union to win new support.

Prime Minister Theresa May makes a statement in Downing Street London announcing a snap general election on June 8