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Justifying the decision, Mrs May said: “The country is coming together, but Westminster is not.”
The Prime Minister said “division in Westminster will risk our ability to make a success of Brexit”.
Explaining her change of heart on an early election, Mrs May said: “I have concluded the only way to guarantee certainty and security for years ahead is to hold this election.”
Theresa May 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.” (Courtesy The Telegraph)