May Calls for June Election Ahead of Brexit Talks

Britain’s Theresa May on Tuesday called for snap elections on June 8, catching the country by surprise in a bid to bolster her position before tough talks on leaving the European Union (EU).

“We need a general election and we need one now, because we have at this moment a one-off chance to get this done while the European Union agrees its negotiating position and before the detailed talks begin,” the prime minister said outside her Downing Street office.

The pound, which has fallen because of the Brexit vote and plunged ahead of May’s announcement Tuesday, rose sharply against the euro and the dollar after it.

Britain started the formal process of leaving the EU last month, but the negotiations are not due to begin for weeks, giving the prime minister a slim window to increase her support for the battles ahead.

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