Richmond MP Rishi Sunak welcomes decision to call General Election

Rishi Sunak with rescue dog Benji.

Rishi Sunak MP has welcomed Theresa May’s decision to call a General Election on June 8.

The MP has not said if he will stand again, however it is understood he will contest the seat for a second time.

He said: “As we enter this critical period in the history of the UK’s relationship with Europe and the rest of the world there needs to be certainty and stability in Westminster about the Government’s position as it enters negotiations to leave the European Union.

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“The negotiations will reach their most difficult stage in the run-up to the next scheduled General Election.  Division in Westminster will risk our ability to make a success of Brexit and cause uncertainty and instability.

“I believe we have the right plan for negotiating with Europe but our plan is opposed by the other parties.

“In recent weeks, Labour have threatened to vote against the final agreement we reach with the European Union.  The Liberal Democrats have said they want to ‘grind’ the business of government ‘to a standstill’.  The Scottish National Party say they will vote against the legislation that formally repeals Britain’s membership of the European Union.  And unelected members of the House of Lords have vowed to fight us every step of the way.

“All the other parties are doing is playing political games and causing uncertainty about the future. A general election is the best way to end that uncertainty and ensure Britain’s negotiating team is in the strongest position when talks with the EU begin.”