UK Prime Minister Defends Decision to Seek Snap Election
LONDON (AP) — Britain's prime minister has defended her decision to seek a snap election.
Theresa May told the BBC in an interview on Wednesday that an early election is in the national interest because it will strengthen the country's position in negotiations to leave the European Union.
May said that opponents were intent on "frustrating the Brexit process," even after Parliament authorized talks with the EU.
She said that "Brexit isn't just about the letter that says we want to leave. It's about ... getting the right deal from Europe."
Parliament will vote Wednesday on holding a June 8 election. Elections are currently set for 2020, just a year after the scheduled completion of Brexit talks. An early ballot will give the next leader more time to implement Brexit before another election.