Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Downing Street denies rumors of snap general election as Brexit date announced

Downing Street denies rumors of snap general election as Brexit date announced

Redwood, the Tory MP for Wokingham and former party leadership challenger, told Julia-Hartley-Brewer there are only two reasons to call an early election - if either Ms May "can't get her business through, particularly on Brexit" or if she'd "rather offer something different" to the current manifesto.

Asked three times to rule out the possibility this morning, a senior No 10 spokeswoman replied with the same stock answer: "The Prime Minister does not think there should be an early general election".

There are rumours that the United Kingdom could go to the polls sooner, sparking a flurry at betting shops.

Former Tory Cabinet minister John Redwood, a leading supporter of leaving the European Union, today warned that an early general election could create "difficulties" in the Brexit process.

He said that the Labour Party is likely to support a General Election.

The Prime Minister has also been resolute in her stance that there will be no general election before 2020 since her ascent to the post past year.

To critics suggesting the party was in no shape to fight an election, Gwynne added: "We've expanded massively operations at Labour HQ". Article 50, signalling the start of the Brexit process will officially be triggered on March 29.

This is the highest lead for the Tories in government since 1983, but Labour held larger leads as a governing party in 2002.

Tory sources last night confirmed that discussions about an early election took place between her parliamentary aide George Hollingbery, Tory chairman Sir Patrick McLoughlin and chief whip Gavin Williamson.

Mrs May's officials spokesman said: "There is no change in our position on an early general election, that there isn't going to be one - it is not going to happen".

When asked why the Prime Minister did not wish to seek her own mandate to lead the United Kingdom, he replied: "There's a Fixed Term Parliament Act".

Under electoral law, 27 March was the very last day May could potentially move the writ for a 4 May vote, the former being the day she was expected to formally trigger Brexit.

"It's just 2/1 [if] one is called before the end of the year", a Ladbrokes spokesperson added.

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