Theresa May said the country will go to poll in 2020 as scheduled
In an interview with the BBC’s Andrew Marr, May said it is important to provide stability than fixing political issues.
The Conservative Party currently has a Commons majority of just 12. As the opposition Labour party engulfed in a bitter leadership battle, polls suggest May could increase the majority substantially at a snap election.
However, the prime minister told Marr that she intended to wait until 2020 – when the next election is due.
“I think what’s important, particularly having had the referendum vote, is that we have a period of stability,” she said. “I think it’s important that we focus on that and the other reform agenda that I have for the country as we go forward. And we’ll be continuing the manifesto on which the Conservative government was elected in 2015, so I don’t think there’s a – a need for an election. I think the next election will be in 2020.”
Mrs May said ministers were looking at “options” for new EU migration controls. “People also want to see the job opportunities, to see the economic opportunities, and so getting a good deal in trading goods and services is also obviously important for us,” she added.
May said was “optimistic” about the economy as her new government began to plan for how to take the UK out of the EU.
“I’m not going to pretend that it’s all going to be plain sailing. I think we must be prepared for the fact that there may be some difficult times ahead,” she said.