See the timeline of the key dates to be aware of in the run up to election day on June 8th below and find out who the key players are here:
Tuesday 18 April – Theresa May announces plans for a snap general election
Theresa May announces plans for a snap general election in a surprise statement outside Downing Street, saying that “the country is coming together, but Westminster is not.”
Wednesday 19 April – House of Commons votes in favour of general election
The call for a snap election is backed by 522 votes to 13 in the House of Commons. Former chancellor George Osborne announces that he is resigning as MP.
Monday 29 April – EU member states meet to discuss Brexit
27 of the 28 EU member states meet for a major summit on how to negotiate Brexit. The UK is the 28th member state and is not invited to the discussions.
Tuesday 2 May – Last day for parliament to meet before dissolution
This is the last day the House of Commons and House of Lords can meet before the elections. After this, MPs stop being MPs and lose their privileges and pay until the election. The prime minister remains in charge of the country, however.
Wednesday 3 May – Parliament dissolved at one minute past midnight
The parliament is formally dissolved at one minute past midnight, although the dissolution could happen before this date if all legislative business is dealt with ahead of schedule.
Thursday 4 May – Local and mayoral elections and potentially the Manchester Gorton by-election
The as yet unconfirmed Manchester Gorton by-election could be indicative of the wider mood of the general elections, and the projected vote share for the parties could influence the unfolding campaign.
Thursday 11 May – Deadline for nominations
Local parties will have to submit candidate nominations by 4pm on 11 May. Most of the information is already common knowledge, in terms of which candidates are going and who is running, but there could still be some surprises.
Monday 22 May – Deadline for registering to vote
The voter registration deadline is 22 May, while the deadline for registering for a postal vote is Tuesday 23 May. Applications for making proxy votes will be accepted until Wednesday 31 May.
Thursday 8 June– Election day
The snap general election takes place across the country. Will Theresa May be able to return to 10 Downing Street and see Brexit through to the end?
Heightened market volatility is likely over the election period, this could result in widened spreads. We recommend that you monitor positions carefully, consider the use of appropriate risk management tools and maintain a sufficient account surplus throughout this period.