MP Responds to Snap General Election Announcement


The Island’s MP Andrew Turner has responded to the Prime Minister’s Announcement that she will bring proposals to Parliament tomorrow seeking a General Election on 8th June.  It will need the support of two thirds of Members of Parliament to bring about an election due to the provisions of the Fixed Term Parliament Act.

Speaking today Mr Turner said:

“I was in a meeting of the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee from 9.00am this morning, so myself and colleagues on the Committee knew nothing of the speculation going on outside about the announcement just after 11.00am.  I am as surprised as anybody by this - but can understand the reasoning behind the decision.  Most people in the country, whether they supported it or not, have rallied behind the decision made on 23rd June last year that we should leave the European Union.  Sadly many MPs have not and there has been increasing unrest in the Commons.

“As is well known, I have always supported Brexit, along with 62% of Islanders.  I go out knocking on doors every Saturday, and have increasingly found people saying we should now just get on with it – even if they voted Remain in the referendum.  So although it is a pity it is necessary, I support the Prime Minister’s decision to call an election and look forward to working to win on the Island.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those people who have already been in touch expressing their support.

“In the meantime it is business as usual, and I have been lucky in the ballot to ask a topical question during Treasury Question Time this afternoon”