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Date: 18/04/2017

Today (18th May), Prime Minister Theresa May has announced a snap election due to take place on the 8th June 2017.

While the PM maintained she came to the decision reluctantly, she argued that it was the only way the UK could do Brexit properly was with a strong government and leadership.In her speech she stated:

“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.”

Going on to say:

“Division in Westminster will risk our ability to make a success of Brexit and it will cause damaging uncertainty and instability to the country.”

“So we need a general election and we need one now, because we have at this moment a one-off chance to get this done while the European Union agrees its negotiating position and before the detailed talks begin.”

Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, Adam Marshal, said:

“Many business communities will understandably be concerned that attention will inevitably shift from the economy and the intricacies of leaving the EU to a potential election campaign. Firms will want to be reassured that the key challenges facing the economy will be front and centre throughout any election period.”

Sophia Haywood, Policy Manager at Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce, said:

“It’s vital that the snap election doesn’t distract from fixing fundamentals for the business community and preparing the UK for Brexit. This will undoubtedly add an extra layer of uncertainty for local businesses, who will want to see all political parties have business needs and a healthy, growing economy at the heart of their campaigns. Businesses don’t want to see political games unfolding in Westminster; they want to see them knuckle down to the business at hand.”

The Chamber encourages businesses owners and their employees to make sure they register in advance to vote, you can do so here.