BREAKING: Theresa May to make surprise statement

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Theresa May is set to make a surprise statement at 11:15am. There are assumptions that she may be about to call a general election. Updates courtesy of Sky News.

11:48am

Former Prime Minister, David Cameron, has tweeted backing the PM.

11:35am

Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas has welcomed the early election call.

She promised her party would present a “bold, positive vision for a different kind of Britain”.

She said: “At this election we will stand for an economy that works for everyone, not just the privileged few; a Britain that’s open to the world and the protection of our precious environment.

“We will stand up to the politics of hatred and division that is scarring our communities and give people across the country a chance to vote for a better Britain.”

11:32am

Pound has bounced back after the statement – up 0.1% on the dollar to 1.257 from a 0.3% drop just an hour earlier.

It’s also level against the euro at 1.180 – rising from a 0.4% loss.

11:31am

More from Theresa May statement:

“Our opponents believe that because the Government’s majority is so small, our resolve will weaken and that they can force us to change course. They are wrong.

“They under-estimate our determination to get the job done and I am not prepared to let them endanger the security of millions of working people across the country.”

11:05am

We’ll update you further after the speech. In the meantime, you can watch LIVE updates on Sky News here:

10:59am

May is trending on Twitter already, and some are taking this lightly:

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10:56am

Sky’s Political Correspondent Tamara Cohen wrote this earlier this month… news.sky.com/story/pm-would-win-100-seat-majority-in-snap-election-says-influential-pollster-10823677

10:56am

 

  • Theresa May to make statement in Downing Street at 11.15am
  • Speculation she could call a snap General Election
  •  Conservatives currently enjoying 21% lead in opinion polls
  •  Other theories? Scottish independence referendum or Northern Ireland

 

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The announcement has seen the pound drop 0.3% against the dollar and 0.4% against the euro

 

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