One nickname that is being ascribed to Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, is the blunt and obvious “Theresa Maybe”. Her detractors would point out that she gets this from her seeming slowness in getting things done compared to the sheer speed that she was swept into her position to begin with: replacing David Cameron after his resignation in the wake of the victorious “YES” vote in last year’s BREXIT referendum. PM May then had promised to see BREXIT executed soonest, along with a slew of other sweeping governmental reforms. Yet it was only last month that the official proceedings for the UK withdrawal from the European Union have been initiated, to the impatience of BREXIT believers. Hoping to get some momentum going in her planned changes, May has called for a snap general election in the country for June.
According to BBC, PM May has decided to hold elections for Parliament out of her perceived need for certainty, stability and strong leadership across the UK to get the right people on-side as the BREXIT Article 50 procedure. On her statement announcing the snap polls, the Prime Minister described the situation from her point of view thusly: “The country is coming together but Westminster is not.”
Jeremy Corbin, the Labour leader, has said that the election was something his party was looking forward to as an opportunity to vote in what he terms a “majority first” government. He also called out PM May over her refusal to engage in any televised party-leader debates taking place before the election date on June 8, declaring that the Prime Minister should not be afraid of “head-to-head” encounters as she appears to be with her opting out. In response to what they interpret to be May’s squeamishness in officiated verbal sparring, the Liberal Democratic Party proposed to TV broadcasters that they hold any debates without the Prime Minister’s presence, an act called “Empty-chairing”.
The live TV debates for political parties ahead of any general elections are a relatively new development for the UK. It only happened for the first time back in 2010 (which saw the Conservatives and Cameron replacing Labour and Gordon Brown), and only for the second time in 2015 (wherein party and PM were retained). A spokesperson for BBC stated that it’s still too early to tell if the broadcasting giant will bid for staging a debate.
In order to see this general election through, the House of Commons in Parliament will me Wednesday April 19 to vote for approval. PM May will then need two thirds of the Members of Parliament (MPs) to vote in favor of the snap polls, which will effective bring forward to this year the regularly scheduled general election of 2020.
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