Prime Minister Theresa May has announced that the UK will hold a general election on the 8th of June.
Mrs May made her announcement following a meeting of her Cabinet.
The Prime Minister said “division in Westminster will risk our ability to make a success of Brexit”.
She had previously said that there would be no general election before 2020.
Explaining her change of heart on an early election, Mrs May said: “I have concluded the only way to guarantee certainty and security for years ahead is to hold this election.”
Mrs May concluded by saying it was “with reluctance” that she reached her decision, but added: “It is with strong conviction that I believe it is necessary to secure a strong and stable leadership this country needs.”
In response Tim Farron, the Liberal Democrat leader, said: “This election is your chance to change the direction of our country.
“If you want to avoid a disastrous hard Brexit. If you want to keep Britain in the single market. If you want a Britain that is open, tolerant and united, this is your chance.
“Only the Liberal Democrats can prevent a Conservative majority.”
Richard Pike, Phoebus Software sales and marketing director, welcomed the decision.
He said: “This is a shrewd political move by Theresa May, which will be good news for the country.
“It is hardly likely that the Conservatives will not win the election and so it will provide her with a clear political mandate to take the country into Brexit negotiations.
“Hopefully this will result in less unease around Brexit in the publics’ eyes which can only be a good thing for our industry.”