I have just chaired a meeting of the Cabinet, where we agreed that the Government should call a general election, to be held on June 8.
Last summer, after the country voted to leave the European Union, Britain needed certainty, stability and strong leadership, and since I became Prime Minister the Government has delivered precisely that.
This is the right approach, and it is in the national interest. But the other political parties oppose it.
The country is coming together, but Westminster is not.
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.
Since I became Prime Minister I have said that there should be no election until 2020, but now I have concluded that the only way to guarantee certainty and stability for the years ahead is to hold this election and seek your support for the decisions I must take.
So, tomorrow, let the House of Commons vote for an election, let everybody put forward their proposals for Brexit and their programmes for Government.