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Why Theresa May Called for Elections

Being 21 percent ahead in the polls doesn’t hurt.
Source: Stefan Wermuth / Reuters

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision to call for snap general elections on June 8, three years before they were scheduled to be conducted, reflects not only her professed frustration at the “game-playing” in Parliament, but also her increasing confidence of securing a political mandate to see through tough negotiations with the European Union over Brexit.

Because May has called for early elections, she needs parliamentary approval—something she is expected to secure as early as Wednesday. “The country is coming

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