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Corbyn welcomes Theresa May announcing snap election

News Article, UK, National

Article By: Dave Roberts

First Published: 18 April 2017

Jeremy Corbyn, welcomes snap general election following surprise announcement by Prime Minister. Mr Corbyn, says it will give the people a chance for change.

PM: Theresa May's Statement:

"I have just chaired a meeting of the Cabinet, where we agreed that the Government should call a general election, to be held on June 8.

"I want to explain the reasons for that decision, what will happen next and the choice facing the British people when you come to vote in this election.

"Last summer, after the country voted to leave the European Union, Britain needed certainty, stability and strong leadership and since I became Prime Minister the Government has delivered precisely that.

"Despite predictions of immediate financial and economic danger, since the referendum we have seen consumer confidence remain high, record numbers of jobs and economic growth that has exceeded all expectations.

"We have also delivered on the mandate that we were handed by the referendum result.

"Britain is leaving the European Union and there can be no turning back and as we look to the future, the Government has the right plan for negotiating our new relationship with Europe.

"We want a deep and special partnership between a strong and successful European Union and a United Kingdom that is free to chart its own way in the world.

"That means we will regain control of our own money, our own laws and our own borders and we will be free to strike trade deals with old friends and new partners all around the world.

"This is the right approach and it is in the national interest. But the other political parties oppose it.

"At this moment of enormous national significance there should be unity here in Westminster, but instead there is division.

"The country is coming together, but Westminster is not."

Mr Corbyn responds

In response to this announcement, the Labour Party leader: Mr Corbyn said:
"I welcome the PM's decision to give the British people the chance to vote for a government that will put the interests of the majority first

"Labour 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.

"In the last couple of weeks, Labour has set out policies that offer a clear and credible choice for the country. We look forward to showing how Labour will stand up for the people of Britain."

Public response

Social media is alive with reactions to the PM's announcement and confidence about the country coming together, but I found very few that were re-printable and less that appear to share her opinions of the British people's unity.

One thing she can take comfort from, is the majority of posts I have found appear to believe the Labour Party has no chance of navigating a victory with Mr Corbyn at the helm.

Here's three I found that could be quoted (names have been replaced by initials:

On Mrs May:

On Mr Corbyn: