WHY has British Prime Minister Theresa May called a snap election?
It is important to have a strong government to be in a powerful position when negotiating the Brexit deal with the European Union.
There are two reasons that forced her to call a snap election.
FIRSTLY, the Labour party, Liberal Democrat and other parties have threatened to oppose any final Brexit bill negotiated by the end of 2019.
This may leave Britain leaving the European Union without any deal.
As a result, Britain may be weaker and appear to face a recession.
Therefore, to secure a better deal and a safer position for Britain, the Conservative party needs to have at least a two-third majority in the House of Commons to ensure that Britain can leave with a better deal.
SECONDLY, another threat to the United Kingdom is the Scottish National Party (SNP), which holds most of the Scottish seats in the House of Commons.
It is desperate to push for independence and prepared to reject any Brexit deal, which it says opposes the democratic will of the Scots.
This may have a serious implication for the UK.
If Britain wants to remain strong, prosperous and united, Conservatives must get rid of SNP and replace it with a unionist party that upholds the values that have been shared for hundreds of years.
Calling a snap election may intensify the uncertainty. This is a gamble May has taken.
I wish her and the Conservative party all the best in winning the election and coming back with a stronger mandate to deliver the best course for the UK.
Tan Chee Yong