Glance: British prime ministers from Thatcher to May

British prime minister Theresa May called on Tuesday for an early election on June 8th, saying the government had the right plan for negotiating the terms of Britain's exit from the European Union and she needed political unity in London. "They are wrong. They underestimate our determination to get the job done and I am not prepared to let them endanger the security of millions of working people across the country", said May in a quickly called announcement outside 10 Downing Street.

The incumbent Prime Minister had said she did not intend to hold an election before 2020, but now says Westminster has failed to be "united".

Many are calling for those aged under 25 to use their chance to vote and make a difference, especially after many young voters did not participate in the European Union referendum last June but were ultimately disappointed by its result.

May's right-of-center Conservative Party rules by a slim majority in British Parliament over left-wing opposition Labour Party, and believes that a general election will strengthen her party's chances of driving through Brexit negotiations without hindrance from liberals.

Since I became prime minister I have said that there should be no election until 2020, but now I have concluded that the only way to guarantee certainty and stability for the years ahead is to hold this election and seek your support for the decisions I must take.

Several serving MPs have already announced their intention not to seek re-election after Theresa May announced her intention to go to the country on 8 June.

"Labour are not a credible party of government nationally, and locally Bermondsey and Southwark voters need an MP again who will concentrate on fighting for the people of our borough all the year round rather than spending huge amounts of time on fighting internal battles in the Labour party", he said.

"Politics is not a game and the problem is we have other parties who are playing games", she said. "We need a general election and we need one now".

Corbyn, whose party is trailing May's Conservatives in opinion polls, said: "We look forward to showing how Labour will stand up for the people of Britain".

"Given May's lead in the polls the most likely outcome is that she will receive the more broad-based backing she is seeking heading into the negotiations on Brexit, due to start for real post the German election in the autumn".

Some are hoping for a future that does not include Theresa May or a Conservative majority government.

"They are under threat from so many different angles - in Scotland from the SNP (Scottish National Party); from the Liberal Democrats in the cities; the Conservatives and possibly UKIP (UK Independence Party) in the north".

May's office says she will speak at 11:15 a.m. (1015GMT) Tuesday, after the weekly meeting of her Cabinet. By invoking Article 50, the British government has set the process of withdrawing from the European Union in motion.

Under the Fixed Term Parliament Act, she must get a two thirds majority of MPs in order for an election to happen.

  • Rogelio Becker