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As Sunak announces UK general election, immigration is likely to be the hot topic there too




After 14 years in office, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has announced the holding of a national election, with a vote scheduled for July 4. It is widely anticipated that the opposition Labour Party would defeat his governing Conservatives, reports RTE.

After months of speculating about when a fresh election would take place, Mr. Sunak riskily declared in front of his 10 Downing Street home that he was holding the election earlier than some had anticipated, despite his party’s significant deficit in the opinion polls.

Rishi Sunak declared that this was the “moment for Britain to choose its future” while standing outside of a soggy 10 Downing Street.

indicating that the economic and security will be major areas of conflict, Mr Sunak said: “This election will take place at time when the world is more dangerous than it has been since the end of the Cold War,” reports RTE.

The “uncertain times” call for a “clear plan”, he said.

A July election is earlier than many in Westminster had expected, with a contest in October or November widely thought to have been more likely.

Mr Sunak’s announcement came after the Office for National Statistics said Consumer Prices Index (CPI) inflation slowed to 2.3% in April, down from 3.2% in March, reports RTE.

He said that was a “major milestone” for the country, with inflation now “back to normal” levels.

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