Polling now means avoiding the instability of an election after the UK leaves the EU
NICMER EVANS, analyst country has gone through a tumultuous two years. June’s vote to leave the European Union was followed by the resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron, who had urged the country to remain in the bloc.
May, a member of Cameron’s cabinet, was selected as prime minister after an internal Conservative Party leadership contest. That has left her vulnerable to accusations that she lacks a personal mandate to govern. But a more crucial factor in the election’s timing is Brexit.
Britain has triggered a twoyear exit process that will see its EU membership end in March 2019. May says an election now can give the Conservatives a bigger majority, strengthening the government’s hand in Brexit negotiations. It also avoids an election soon after the United Kingdom A streak of light trails off into the night sky as the United States military test fires an unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, some 209km northwest of Los Angeles, California, yesterday. AFP PIC