Richard Dawkins calls for General Election following Theresa May’s resignation announcement

Richard Dawkins
Richard Dawkins rants about Brexit. Photo: ©BBC

Kenya born British academic Richard Dawkins has used his Twitter account to call for a General Election following Theresa May’s announcement that she was resigning as Prime Minister.

Speaking outside Number 10 today, Mrs May said she had done her best to convince MPs to back her Brexit deal but had been unsuccessful.

“It is and will always remain a matter of deep regret to me that I have not been able to deliver Brexit,” she added.

Reacting to her resignation speech, Dawkins said that although there were 66 million people in the country, the next Prime Minister would be chosen by 124,000 members of “a dead party”. 

“Constitutionally, couldn’t (the) Queen call (an) election?” he asked, adding “We might get  Corbyn, but at least it would be democratic.” 

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn also called for a general election following the announcement, describing the Conservatives as “divided and disintegrating”.

Sir Graham Brady, the chair of the powerful Tory 1922 committee, had met Mrs May in No10 this morning after being instructed by Tory backbenchers to enforce an exit date if Mrs May refused to volunteer one, under a warning they would change party rules to allow a fresh no-confidence vote if she refused.

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