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Westminster North MP Karen Buck says Theresa May called snap election due to Brexit fears

Theresa May announced general election will take place on June 8

19 April, 2017 — By Alina Polianskaya

Karen Buck will be depending her seat as MP for Westminster North 

Westminster North MP Karen Buck said the snap election called this week by Prime Minister Theresa May was probably sparked by fears over the way Brexit negotiations were going.

Ms Buck who has been a member of parliament since 1997, originally for Regent’s Park and Kensington North and then for Westminster North, will be defending her seat at the general election on June 8.

The Labour MP said: “Given the frequency with which Theresa May said there would not be an election, I am a little surprised, and I suspect it reflects government fears about where the Brexit negotiations are going.

“Almost a year on from the referendum vote, Britain is a deeply divided country. With such a close result, we needed to unite around a vision for Britain’s future that recognises the continuing importance of our relationships with our neighbours and major trading partners. No-one voted to make Britain poorer or to limit the opportunities for the British people, and I am deeply anxious about the risks of precisely that. I will fight this campaign as someone passionately committed to this community and to championing its interests and also as someone who remains committed to a positive and open relationship with Europe.

Speaking on Tuesday morning, Theresa May announced that an election would take place on June 8, despite previously vowing that there would not be one until 2020.

She said: “At this moment of enormous national significance there should be unity here in Westminster, but instead there is division. The country is coming together, but Westminster is not,” she said.

“In recent weeks Labour has threatened to vote against the deal we reach 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 formally 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.”

She added: “Our opponents believe that because the Government’s majority is so small, our resolve will weaken and that they can force us to change course. They are wrong. They under-estimate our determination to get the job done and I am not prepared to let them endanger the security of millions of working people across the country.”

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