Voters and MPs react with shock as Theresa May calls a general election on June 8
She’s shocked everyone.
Theresa May has surprised everyone by announcing a snap general election.
In a statement delivered from Downing Street, May said divisions at Westminster could hamper Brexit negotiations.
The PM said: “The country is coming together but Westminster is not.”
The election will be held on June 8.
MPs have been sharing their varying reactions to the news.
People on Twitter are still coming to terms with the shock, especially since calling an early election is something May has previously said she wouldn’t do.
Explaining her U-turn, May said: “I have concluded the only way to guarantee certainty and security for years ahead is to hold this election.”
She concluded by saying it was “with reluctance” that she reached her decision but added: “It is with strong conviction that I believe it is necessary to secure a strong and stable leadership this country needs.”
Some commentators were pleased with her decision.
But others wondered why May had called a general election having said previously it was not the right time for a referendum on Scottish independence.