UK's May says early election averts clash with end of Brexit talks

Reuters | Published: 14:43, Apr 19,2017

 
 
Theresa May

Britain's prime minister Theresa May arrives in Downing Street, in central London, Britain April 19, 2017. — Reuters photo

British prime minister Theresa May said on Wednesday that holding an early election on June 8 rather than waiting until 2020 would avert a situation where she would face a crunch time in EU talks and a domestic election at the same time.

Under the planned timetable, Britain is expected to formally leave the European Union in March 2019. The early election in June means May will not have to face the voters again until 2022, giving her a wider margin of manoeuvre at the tail end of the Brexit talks.

‘If you look at the timetable, had the election been in 2020 we would have been coming up to the most crucial part of the negotiations, at the end of the negotiations, in what would be starting to be the run-up to a general election,’ May said in an interview with the BBC.

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