Why Theresa May called, and could win, a British general election

36% of people don't know who would be a good leader

Why Theresa May called, and could win, a British general election

British Prime Minister Theresa May prepares to make a statement in Downing Street, London | Image: John Stillwell/PA Wire/PA Images

After months of uncertainty over Brexit, the UK is about to walk into even more with a general election campaign.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has called the election for June 8th.

Mrs May said "with reluctance" she would go to the country to get a firm mandate for delivering Britain's exit from the EU.

Under the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act, the next election was not due until 2020.

However, a poll can be called before then if backed by two-thirds of MPs - or if there is a no confidence vote in the government.

Mrs May is to table a motion in the House of Commons on Wednesday and has called on MPs to back it.

It would seem she called the snap poll to silence her detractors, and to show all parties that she has a clear mandate from the people.

She said: "In recent weeks Labour have threatened to vote against the final agreement we reached with the European Union.

"The Liberal Democrats have said they want to grind the business of government to a standstill.

"The Scottish National Party say they will vote against the legislation that formerly repeals Britain's membership of the European Union and unelected members of the House of Lords have vowed to fight us every step of the way."

"If we do not hold a general election now, their political gameplaying will continue.

"And the negotiations with the European Union will reach their most difficult stage in the run-up to the next scheduled election.

"So we need a general election and we need it now."

Support for May

And according to the latest opinion polls from YouGov, the public is behind her.

Polls from April 12th and 13th show Mrs May's Conservative Party has 44% of the vote, with Labour 23%, Lib Dems at 12% and UKIP and Others at 10%.

Source: @YouGov on Twitter

Asked who they thought would be a better Prime Minister, 50% said Mrs May and just 14% chose her Labour rival Jeremy Corbyn.

A quite substantial 36% said they did not know who would make a good leader.

Source: @YouGov on Twitter

56% of people said Mrs May has what it takes to "get things done" and that she is decisive.

But 46% say they believe Mrs May is out of touch with ordinary people's concerns, and 37% say she does not have a likeable personality.

Source: @YouGov on Twitter

But despite anything else, 49% say Mrs May is right to call an early general election.

Even her rivals - the Labour Party, Lib Dems, UKIP and the Scottish National Party - all believe it was the right choice.

Source: @YouGov on Twitter

Uncertainty remains the only certainty, as Britain prepares for yet another vote on its future.

Additional reporting: IRN