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Shane Savitsky Apr 18, 2017
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Why Theresa May called an early general election

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British Prime Minister Theresa May called for a general election to be held on June 8 — it was originally scheduled to take place in 2020.

It's a tumultuous time for the United Kingdom. The nation signaled its intent last month to leave the European Union, marking the beginning of a two-year negotiation period for the terms of Brexit. So why would Theresa May and her Conservative Party choose to start an election battle now, especially after saying over and over again that this wasn't going to happen?

Between the lines: This decision is all about the coming Brexit negotiations, but — not surprisingly — there's a hefty dose of political calculation in there, too.