Here is the rundown.
British governments typically final for 5 years, and the Conservative Get together’s administration — then led by Might’s predecessor David Cameron — was elected in 2015. The following election was not attributable to happen till Might 2020.
Why is it taking place?
Might, who took over when Cameron resigned within the wake of Britain’s resolution to go away the European Union, needs to hunt a stronger mandate in Brexit talks.
The UK authorities formally served divorce papers on the European Union last month, signaling the start of the tip of a relationship that endured for 44 years.
However her social gathering solely has a slim majority in Parliament, and opposition events have tried to throw rocks in her path in the direction of Brexit.
She additionally faces divisions in her personal social gathering over Brexit techniques — though maybe not surprisingly, Might did not point out these on Tuesday.
“There needs to be unity right here in Westminster, however as an alternative there may be division. The nation is coming collectively, however Westminster isn’t,” she mentioned. “We’d like a normal election and we want one now.”
Why is that this such a shock?
“I am not going to be calling a snap election,” Might advised BBC journalist Andrew Marr in September 2016. “I have been very clear that I feel we want that time period, that stability, to have the ability to take care of the problems that the nation is dealing with and have that election in 2020.”
Solely a month in the past, her spokesman firmly dominated out an early vote. “There’s not going to be a normal election,” he mentioned on March 20.
Might mentioned she had modified her thoughts on a latest strolling vacation along with her husband in Wales.
What occurs now?
Beneath the Fixed Term Parliament Act, the regulation that stipulates five-year phrases for British governments, an early normal election should be accredited by a majority of MPs within the Home of Commons. Might mentioned she would place a movement earlier than the Home on Wednesday.
Opposition events mentioned they might not block her plans, which signifies that Britain will go to the polls on June eight.
May she lose the election?
It is unlikely.
In line with a latest string of polls, the Conservatives are heading for a sweeping victory.
A ComRes poll for the Sunday Mirror and Independent on Sunday gave the Conservative social gathering a walloping 21% lead over the opposition Labour social gathering, whereas a poll for the Times of London by British pollster YouGov put the Conservative lead over Labour at 17%.
Labour’s finest latest exhibiting was in an Opinium poll for the Observer, which nonetheless gave the Conservative social gathering a 11% lead.
In line with one of many newest surveys on Brexit by British pollster YouGov, 48% of the British persons are assured in Might’s skill to barter a great deal from the EU. Might’s authorities enjoys a big and strong lead within the polls, and her private approval rankings are sturdy.
What might it imply for Brexit?
If Might wins, it should shore up Might’s technique for Brexit. In voting for the Conservative social gathering, the British folks will probably be giving Might a mandate to hold out Brexit the best way she sees match.
The primary opposition Labour Get together has additionally dedicated to finishing up the will of Britons to go away the EU, expressed in final yr’s referendum. Solely the Liberal Democrats, a minority social gathering, opposes Brexit.
In any case, the UK is already certain by Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which Might triggered final month. By invoking Article 50, the British authorities has set the method of withdrawing from the European Union in movement.
Authorized consultants are divided on whether or not it may be revoked — however there isn’t any probability of that being tried anyway.
As Might mentioned in Downing Avenue: “Britain is leaving the European Union and there could be no turning again.”