British Prime Minister Calls for Elections in June Amid Brexit Fallout
LONDON — British Prime Minister Theresa May stunned her nation and its European partners Tuesday with a call for an early national election on June 8, seeking to cement her political backing as Britain moves ahead with difficult negotiations on its break from the European Union.
The surprise announcement — made outside her office at 10 Downing Street — comes amid internal political strains over Britain’s exit, known as Brexit, and fresh moves by Scotland to potentially carve its own independent path to remain in the European Union.
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British Prime Minister Theresa May Triggers Article 50
Theresa May gave a statement in Parliament on her letter notifying the European Council President of the UK’s intention to leave the EU. March 29, 2017
Thank you Mr Speaker,
Today the government acts on the democratic will of the British people. And it acts, too, on the clear and convincing position of this House.
A few minutes ago in Brussels, the United Kingdom’s Permanent Representative to the EU handed a letter to the President of the European Council on my behalf, confirming the government’s decision to invoke Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union.
The Article 50 process is now underway. And in accordance with the wishes of the British people, the United Kingdom is leaving the European Union.
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