Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday an early election would strengthen her at the “most crucial point” in Britain’s divorce talks with the EU, as she prepared to ask parliament to approve a vote in just seven weeks’ time.
May surprised allies and opponents on Tuesday when she announced her plan to bring forward an election that was not due until 2020.
The former home secretary, who became prime minister without an election when her predecessor David Cameron quit after last year’s referendum vote for Brexit, said she needed to strengthen her hand in negotiations which will reshape Britain and test the cohesion of the EU.
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