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British Prime Minister Theresa May Unexpectedly Calls For Election

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British Prime Minster Theresa May surprised the United Kingdom on Tuesday with an announcement that she’s calling for an early general election — in only six weeks.

May is seeking a stronger mandate for Britain’s exit from the European Union. Her Conservative Party currently holds only a small majority in the House of Commons and May hopes that increasing that majority will give her more freedom to pursue Brexit on her own terms.

The BBC's Rob Watson (@robwatsonbbc) discusses the election's implications with Here & Now's Meghna Chakrabarti.

Note: This BBC interview can be heard in the Here & Now podcast or with the WBUR app.

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