Snap election: How Theresa May kept her Cabinet in the dark – but left them chanting: ‘Five more years’

19 Apr

Instead of visiting Romania, Mr Davis will instead be among MPs voting on whether to override the Fixed Term Parliaments Act and agree to an election in June.

While Mr Davis was finalising his travel arrangements on Monday, Mrs May was on the phone to Buckingham Palace to tell the Queen of her plans for an election. 

It was, in effect, a courtesy call, because where previous Prime Ministers would have asked the Queen to dissolve Parliament when they decided to hold an election, Mrs May will be asking Parliament to approve the election instead.

At 9.30am yesterday, Mrs May sat down in her seat at the Cabinet table and, without ceremony, told ministers she had decided to hold a snap election on June 8.

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