Early Parliamentary General Election

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:57 pm on 19th April 2017.

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Photo of Theresa May Theresa May The Prime Minister, Leader of the Conservative Party 12:57 pm, 19th April 2017

No, I am going to make some progress.

I have set out the divisions that have become clear on this issue. They can and will be used against us, weakening our hand in the negotiations to come, and we must not let that happen. I believe that at this moment of enormous national significance, there should be unity here in Westminster, not division. That is why it is the right and responsible thing for all of us here today to vote for a general election, to make our respective cases to the country, and then to respect the result and the mandate it provides to give Britain the strongest possible hand in the negotiations to come.