London, May 3: Ahead of the snap general elections on June 8, Britain’s House of Commons was officially dissolved on Wednesday. This general election was called by Prime Minister Theresa May as the country is preparing to negotiate its exit from the European Union. This dissolving of the House of Commons means that Britain will no longer have any elected members.
According to a Sky News report, PM May was to meet Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace to gain formal approval for the dissolution of the 650-member House of Commons or the lower house, and her meeting with the monarch marks the official start of Britain’s election campaign, with all seats of the Commons up for grabs.
Although the government continues to function, the move means Britain no longer has any elected lawmakers. The Prime Minister will also make a short statement at Number 10 after visiting the Queen.
As per the British Parliament website, there are no more any member of parliament and every seat in the Commons has been emptied until after the general polls on May 3, 2017. According to IANS, it said “The dissolution of Parliament took place on Wednesday 3 May 2017. All business in the House of Commons has come to an end and there are no MPs. Every seat in the Commons is vacant until after the general election on 8 June 2017.”
But with this dissolution the Britain government does not come to an end. A Parliament spokesperson said, “Government ministers remain in charge of their departments until after the result of the election is known and a new administration is formed.”
Under a fixed term law, introduced by former Prime Minister David Cameron, the lower house of Parliament sits for exactly five years which sets a specific timetable for dissolution and a new election.
Current Prime Minister Theresa May used a break-clause in the fixed-term law to call a snap election on June 8, as Britain prepares to negotiate with the European Union on its withdrawal from the bloc.
Britain has triggered a two-year exit process that will see its EU membership end in March 2019.
May said an election now can give the Conservatives a bigger majority, strengthening the government’s hand in Brexit negotiations. It also avoids an election soon after Britain leaves the bloc, potentially a period of instability.
(With inputs from IANS)