Tue Apr 18, 2017 10:41PM
A newspaper stand shows a copy of today
A newspaper stand shows a copy of today

The UK call for a snap general election on June 8 is not a surprise as Prime Minister Theresa May was expected to resort to a “political” move against the opposition.

The premier made the announcement outside 10 Downing Street on Tuesday, arguing that she was stopping the opposition from "jeopardizing" her work on Brexit.

“We need a general election and we need one now because we have at this moment a one-off chance to get this done while the European Union agrees its negotiating position and before the detailed talks begin,” she stated.

According to Clive Hambige, the director of human development at Facilitate Global, the move “is not really a surprise because, of course, it is political.”

“It’s a political move to establish opposition in terms of her opposition to the Labour Party,” he said. “What we need to do is to be very careful about what we’re going to do after Brexit. No one’s sure what’s going to happen after Brexit.”

British Prime Minister Theresa May walks back inside 10 Downing Street in central London on April 18, 2017 after speaking to the media outside.  (Photos by AFP)

Hambige asserted that the move means that “the laws that have been governing Europe still apply to British law,” and amounts to “dichotomy” by the British government.

“We have a failing economy and we also have a failing social cohesion,” noted the London-based political commentator. “We have to think that this is going to affect day-to-day reality … on the ground.”

The opposition has welcomed May’s announcement with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn stating that the party “will be offering the country an effective alternative to a government that has failed to rebuild the economy, delivered falling living standards and damaging cuts to our schools and NHS [National Health Service].”