Return to the polls
Less than a year after the Brexit referendum, British voters will face a general election on 8 June. The prime minister’s announcement came as a surprise to many. We look at media response.
The right call
The Financial Times writes that Theresa May’s snap election call was the right decision. It will give the prime minister the “flexibility to secure a sensible settlement” with the EU.
… Since triggering Article 50, the government has shown welcome signs of realism — recognising that business needs a transitional period when Britain leaves the EU and acknowledging that many jobs cannot be filled without migrants. A strong mandate will help Mrs May to remain on this pragmatic course. …
The Guardian disagrees. The newspaper’s editorial writers say that MPs were too quick to approve May’s decision to call an election and that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s comments in parliament “sounded worthy, but generalised and limp”.
… Mrs May had called an election the country does not need. … It is of course possible that this election may prove a catalyst for some useful things in British politics. A victorious Mrs May may marginalise her right wing and may agree a softer Brexit. …