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>> A stunning announcement Tuesday from UK Prime Minister Theresa May.>> I have just chaired a meeting of the cabinet, where we agreed that the government should call a general election to be held on the 8th of June.>> May succeeded David Cameron when he stepped down following last year's vote for Brexit.
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That led some to say she should call an election to win her own mandate. But Tuesday's announcement shocked political players, May had long resisted calls for an early vote, now she says opposition to Brexit leaves her no choice.>> At this moment of enormous national significance, there should be unity here in Westminster, but instead there is division.
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>> An election wasn't due until 2020, the law on fixed term parliaments means May will need a two-thirds majority from MPs to win approval for an early poll. A vote set to be held Wednesday, and the prime minister will need cross-party backing. With the Labour Party languishing in the polls, it's a decision many opposition lawmakers may find hard to make.