The Scottish first minister declared she will stand up against a “right-wing, austerity-obsessed Tory Government with no mandate in Scotland” and continue her fight against Brexit.
Theresa May, on Tuesday, announced her decision to seek permission from the House of Commons to hold a snap general election on June 8, as she seeks her own mandate to pursue Brexit.
She said: “I have chaired a meeting of the Cabinet, where we agreed that the Government should call a general election, to be held on June 8.”
Discussing the announcement, Ms Sturgeon said: “This is the biggest U-turn in political history, but it is clear the Prime Minister’s announcement is all about the narrow interests of her own party, not the interests of the country.
Nicola Sturgeon vowed to continue her fight against Brexit as Theresa May calls early election
It will once again give people the opportunity to reject the Tories’ narrow, divisive agenda
“Clearly she sees the opportunity, given the total disarray in the ranks of the Labour Party, to crush all opposition to her, to get rid of people who disagree with her and to give herself a free hand to take the country in the increasingly right-wing direction she wants it to go in.”
The SNP leader insisted Mrs May, with a strengthened presence in Westminster, will guide the country to the “hardest possible Brexit” and “deeper cuts” to budgets.
Asked if she was partly responsible for the vote, Ms Sturgeon added: “I make no apology and I don’t think anybody would expect to me for standing up for how people in Scotland, by majority, voted in the EU referendum – which was against Brexit, particularly a ‘hard’ Brexit.
“I think when you listen to Theresa May’s announcement, it’s that democratic opposition which is healthy in any democracy that she sees the opportunity to crush. That would not be a good way forward.”
Ms Sturgeon declared her position on Scottish independence will remain “clear” and will look to fight for every seat the SNP won in 2015 in a bid to offer a Scottish voice in Westminster.
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The SNP will also not “stand in the way” of the vote being held in the Commons tomorrow, enabling the Prime Minister to hold the June 8 election, according to the Scot.
“In terms of Scotland, this move is a huge political miscalculation by the Prime Minister,” Ms Sturgeon added.
“It will once again give people the opportunity to reject the Tories’ narrow, divisive agenda, as well as reinforcing the democratic mandate which already exists for giving the people of Scotland a choice on their future.
“The SNP will always put the people of Scotland first – and between now and June 8 we will work harder than ever to retain the trust of the people.”
Live from 10 Downing Street: Theresa May calls snap general election Tue, April 18, 2017
Theresa May has made the announcement to call for an early general election to be held on June 8 2017
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Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks to the media outside 10 Downing Street, in central London
In her announcement, the Prime Minister said: ““I want to explain the reasons for that decision, what will happen next and the choice facing the British people when you come to vote in this election.
“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.
“Despite predictions of immediate financial and economic danger, since the referendum, we have seen consumer confidence remain high, record numbers of jobs and economic growth that has exceeded all expectations.”