Prime Minister Theresa May called on Tuesday for an election on June 8, saying Britain's opposition parties risked worsening her negotiating hand in divorce talks with the European Union by opposing her Brexit plan. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) British Prime Minister Theresa May called on Tuesday (April 18) for an early election on June 8, saying the country's opposition parties risked worsening her negotiating hand in divorce talks with the European Union by opposing her Brexit plan. Chastizing her political opponents on the doorstep of her Downing Street office, May said it was a necessary move to safeguard the welfare of British citizens. May, who was appointed prime minister after the country voted in favour of Brexit in June last year, enjoys a large lead in the opinion polls, with 50 percent saying she would be the best prime minister. The leader of the main opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, won 14 percent, according to pollsters at YouGov. But she must first win the support of two-thirds of the parliament for her call for an early election. The main opposition Labour Party has said it is ready for a new election.