The Prime Minister made the announcement outside of Number 10 Downing Street earlier this morning.She said: “Last summer, after the country voted to leave the European Union, Britain needed certainty, stability and strong leadership, and since I became Prime Minister the Government has delivered precisely that.
“At this moment of enormous national significance there should be unity here in Westminster, but instead there is division.
“The country is coming together, but Westminster is not.”
Mrs May confirmed that she will go to Parliament tomorrow to call a vote on an early election, and challenged opposition parties to put their money where their mouths are and back her plans.
Under the Fixed Term Parliament Act, two-thirds of Parliament must agree to the election.
“You have criticised the governments vision for Brexit, you have challenged our objectives you have threatened to block the legislation we put before Parliament,” she said.
“This is your moment to show you mean it, to show that you are not opposing the Government for the sake of it. To show that you do not treat politics as a game.”
Mrs May called on leaders to put forth their plans for Brexit and to allow the nation to decide who will lead us into talks with Brussels.
But who is likely to win the election?
GETTY / REUTERS Theresa May has called for an early general election
Latest UK election polls
The latest YouGov poll gives the Conservative Party a 21 point lead over Labour, who have slumped to their lowest poll ratings since 2009
Forty-four per cent of those asked said that they intend to vote for Conservatives, with just 23 per cent backing Labour.
Twelve per cent said that they would support the Liberal Democrats, 10 per cent plan to vote for Ukip, and 10 per cent said that they will vote for another party.
When asked who would make the best Prime Minister, 50 per cent backed Theresa May, with just 14 per cent saying that Jeremy Corbyn would make the best leader. Thirty-six per cent said that they didn’t know.
GETTY Mrs May said that she will go to Parliament tomorrow
Latest UK election odds
The Conservatives are odds-on favourite to win an overall majority at the general election, with odds of 2/13 at Betfair.
The bookmaker also offered 1/9 odds that Mrs May’s party will win the most seats.
Betfair Spokesperson, Naomi Totten said: “The Conservatives had already been the clear favourite to win both Most Seats and an Overall Majority in the next General Election and their odds have further shortened and now have around a 90 per cent chance of both following Theresa May’s statement that she would seek a June 8 date on Tuesday morning.”
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