UK Prime Minister Theresa May has announced plans to call a snap general election on 8 June.
She said Britain needed certainty, stability and strong leadership following the EU referendum.
Explaining the decision, Mrs May said: “The country is coming together but Westminster is not.”
There will be a Commons vote on the proposed election on Wednesday – Labour have said they will vote with the government.
The prime minister needs Parliament’s backing to hold a vote before the next scheduled date of 2020.