The British Lawmakers have approved the UK snap elections proposed by PM, Theresa May.
The votes cast were 522 in favor and 13 against it.
Earlier the British PM said that the UK snap elections would give the country the needed stability. The British Prime Minister took the election route when they were due on 2020.
At the time of debating the elections, this is what the PM said.
“I believe that at this moment of enormous national significance there should be unity here in Westminster not division. That’s why it is the right and responsible thing for all of us here today to vote for a general election.”
Fixed Term Parliament Act 2011 and UK Snap Elections
There is a fixed parliament act 2011 on UK elections. Let us have a look at the different provisions which dictate the terms of the UK general elections.
- Under Section 3(1) Parliament should get automatically resolved 14 days before the date of general elections.
- The bullet mentioned above was changed in 2013 to make it 25 days instead of 14 days.
- The government can call for the UK snap elections if the House of Commons says that “This house has no confidence in Her Majesty’s Govern.”
- If the House of Commons wins a two-third majority by saying that there shall be an early parliamentary election in the UK, it would mean early elections.
Here it is evident the case of getting two-third majority in House of Commons to call for the UK snap elections.
Poll Favoring Conservatives for the UK Snap Elections
A recent poll conducted to gauge popularity shows strong support for Theresa May. YouGov, ComRes, and Opinium conducted the latest surveys with results showing 45 to 50 percent support for the Conservatives.
Labor Party claimed the second place with votes varying from 25 to 20 percent. While Liberal Democrats came in a far distant third claiming anywhere between 11 and 12 percent.
Tony Blair Shows Up Interest in Politics
Tony Blair hinted his revival to politics he seemed not to agree with Theresa May.
“I just feel we’re allowing ourselves to be hijacked by what is actually quite a small group of people with a very strong ideology. Someone like Theresa May, you look at her and she’s very sensible, very solid, she’s a perfectly decent person, I agree with a lot of what she says – what she says about energy costs today, most people would say fair enough.”
Why did Theresa May call for the UK Snap Elections?
No Prime Minister wants to contest an election that they cannot run. Theresa May, as per the recent polls, has a greater chance of winning the elections. She wants to have a clear majority in the parliament.
A clear majority in the parliament would also help her get the Brexit negotiated with the public on her side. The PM wants to take care of the Brexit with overwhelming support. The anticipated victory of Theresa May in the elections would make it easy for her to pass even a bad Brexit deal with the EU.
You can read about HoursTV’s post on the UK general elections announcement here.