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UK Prime Minister Theresa May Announces Snap Election For June 8

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday announced a snap general election for June 8.

In a surprise statement at 10 Downing Street, May said the U.K. needed stability, certainty and strong leadership after the June 2016 referendum. Her government has delivered that, she claimed.

She also sought unity in the Westminster.

"The country is coming together, but Westminster is not," May said.

May said that an election is needed now because other parties are opposed to her government's Brexit plans.

"So we need a general election and we need one now. We have at this moment a one off chance to get this done," May said.

She is set to move a motion in the Commons on Wednesday for holding the snap election on June 8.

An election was set to happen only in 2020 in the normal schedule.

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