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Have your say on Theresa May’s decision to announce a snap General Election

Draw up the battle lines

In a shock move British prime minister Theresa May has just announced this morning that there will be a snap General Election held on 8th June.

The decision has comes as a surprise to many as the prime minster had previously resolutely denied the need for an early election, claiming instead that what the UK required was stability and unity after the Brexit vote.

This is a message which she seemed to reinforce in her Christmas speech this year:

“We all want to see a Britain that is stronger than it is today. We all want a country that is fairer so that everyone has the chance to succeed. We all want a nation that is safe and secure for our children and grandchildren. These ambitions unite us, so that we are no longer the 52% who voted leave and the 48% who voted remain, but one great union of people and nations with a proud history and a bright future. So when I sit around the negotiating table in Europe this year, it will be with that in mind – the knowledge that I am there to get the right deal not just for those who voted to leave, but for every single person in this country… We are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us.’” (Theresa May, 2016)

Which is why it comes as such a shock that May has gone back on her previous position to announce an election so soon after triggering Article 50 on 29th March – the bill which would put the wheels in motion for the UK to leave the European Union. The UK is now due to leave the EU not later than April 2019 which affords us 2 long years to negotiate terms of departure.

But why now? Why the change of heart?

In today’s speech, during which May announced the election on 8th June, the following reason is was indicated:

“The country is coming together, but Westminster is not… I have concluded the only way to guarantee certainty and security for years ahead is to hold this election.”

The British Prime Minister added that “division in Westminster will risk our ability to make a success of Brexit”. It seems that May is blaming other political parties for failing to back the government’s position, which could potentially threaten Brexit negotiations. It is May’s belief that a successful Brexit will require everyone to be on the side of the Conservatives.

Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Labour Party and May’s main opposition, has already responded with this statement.

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Many people have indicated that a Tory win will be the end for the government-funded National Health System which has suffered from a lack of funding under Conservative governments for years now. This would be a heavy blow for British citizens.

But we’re pleased to say that, after the disaster for younger generations everywhere that was the Brexit vote, people are already encouraging U25s to make good use of their right to vote.

With all this in mind, we have some questions for you. It’s time to have your say on this major development. First of all, we want your opinion on whether you think Theresa May was right to call the snap election.

And who will you be voting for?

Do you think you will vote the same way as your parents? If not, why?

Do you think the legal voting age should be reconsidered?

These are the questions we need answered following the announcement of a General Election on 8th June. Theresa is definitely right about one thing, at the minute we are a country divided and we need to unite in order to become stronger. Let your voice be heard.

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Written by David Farrell

David is the Head of Content at Maximum Pop!

Having studied Russian and Spanish at the University of Leeds, David moved to Moscow to work in the education sector. Upon returning to UK soil, David initially immersed himself in the wonderful world of MP! as a music writer.

Now head of all things content, David takes being a music fanboy to a whole new level, and can often be found dancing like there's nobody watching to 'Shout Out To My Ex', obsessing over Lauren Jauregui and defending Taylor Swift's honour.

David once appeared on TV in Armenia. Apparently, "it was awesome".

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