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In a move set to dominate U.K. headlines for the next six weeks, Prime Minister Theresa May has called for an unexpected snap general election.
The announcement was made Tuesday morning, with May saying that the country needed “certainty, stability and strong leadership,” in the wake of the Brexit decision.
Assuming the motion passes through the House of Commons, Brits will head to the polls June 8 to vote for the next government. May and the Conservative Party will go up against the Labour Party and its leader Jeremy Corbyn for the keys to 10 Downing Street, with opposition parties the Liberal Democrats and UKIP also in the running.
The last time the U.K. had a major national vote, the country elected to leave the European Union. The referendum in June 2016 resulted in the then Prime Minister David Cameron resigning and the subsequent political upheaval, with May becoming leader.
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