Prime minister Theresa May has called for snap General Election on the 8th June – wondering what it’s all about?
Here all the facts you need to know about the upcoming election:
Prime minister Mays justification for calling the election is to try and strengthen Parliament’s position during the Brexit negotiations.
Mrs May is hoping to win more seats in the house in order to consolidate the conservatives power in passing laws. she claims that labour and other opposing parties will make the Brexit negotiations harder.
If you’re over 18, registered to vote and are a British citizen you are entitled to vote. Citizens of the republic of Ireland who are residents in the UK are also allowed to vote. As well as certain UK commonwealth citizens.
If you’re a British citizen who’s living abroad you can register as an overseas voter, as long as you’ve been 5registred within in the past 15 years.
To register to vote, use the elector commission’s website https://www.yourvotematters.co.uk/register-to-vote/find-your-local-authority
You can register to vote online, or you can visit your local registrar’s office.
The deadline to register to vote is on the 22nd May. If you miss the deadline, you won’t be able to vote.
If you’re away you can vote by either postal or proxy. Proxy votes allow you to appoint another person to vote on your behalf. To do so, you must make sure they are registered to do this. You’ll need to fill out the following form: https://www.gov.uk/apply-vote-proxy
If you decide the postal vote is more convenient, you must apply at least 11 working days before the election. That’s the 23rd May – and it must be at the local electoral office by 5pm.
The next general election will be in 2022, due to the fixed Term Parliaments Act. This means that every 5 years a general election has to be held on the first Thursday of May.
This was originally scheduled for 2020, but since the new Snap election has been pushed forward.
Snap elections can only be called after emergency votes of no confidence in the ruling party, or if MP’s decide by a majority that there should be an election.
The official day of Brexit will be on the 29th March 2019.