By calling a June election, Theresa May is effectively getting an extra two years to steer Britain through Brexit, as the next election needn’t come until 2022.

Following Theresa May’s surprise announcement of a general election in June, Neil Williams, chief economist at Hermes Investment Management, examines the reasons for this decision. He says that the Prime Minister is looking for an increased mandate and the option to buy more time to strike a Brexit deal.

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