General Election 2017: the best social media reactions to Theresa May's shock announcement

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Theresa May: “I have concluded the only way to guarantee certainty and security for years ahead is to hold this election.”(Rex)

The internet has reacted with shock and dismay after Theresa May capped off the most tumultuous 12 months in modern British political history with a surprise early-election announcement.

“The country is coming together but Westminster is not,” said the Prime Minister, announcing she would seek a General Election on June 8.

She added: “I have concluded the only way to guarantee certainty and security for years ahead is to hold this election.”

The Conservative leader, who assumed power in July last year following the EU referendum vote, had previously said she would not call an election before 2020.

There will be a Commons vote on the proposed election on Wednesday, as she will need Parliament’s backing to hold a vote before then.

After May made the shock announcement — seven minutes earlier than her 11.15am statement was planned — Twitter reacted to the news with a politics-weary ennui.

“Not sure the last 3 years aren’t somebody’s Evil Long Term Plan to gradually destroy the will to live of everyone interested in politics,” wrote Jenny Colgan.

Many took the opportunity to mock Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn, who is languishing well behind May in all political polls.

“The real fight starts now.’ Jeremy Corbyn, June 9th,” quipped Linda Grant.

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