UK Prime Minister Theresa May calls for general election on June 8

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May said she will hold a vote in Parliament on Wednesday to call for a general election on June 8.

"I have just chaired a meeting of the Cabinet, where we agreed that the government should call a general election," May said in brief remarks outside 10 Downing Street on Tuesday.

May replaced David Cameron as prime minister when he resigned the day after he lost the Brexit referendum vote in June of last year.

"Despite predictions of immediate financial and economic danger, since the referendum we have seen consumer confidence remain high, record numbers of jobs, and economic growth that has exceeded all expectations," May said.

"Britain is leaving the European Union and there can be no turning back," May said. "Our opponents believe that because the government's majority is so small, our resolve will weaken and that they can force us to change course. They are wrong."



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