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May's call for early election a huge political miscalculation – Sturgeon

First minister Nicola Sturgeon says an early poll would give Scotland a chance to re-enforce its mandate for choice on its future.

FILE: Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (R) and Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon pose for a photograph ahead of their meeting in a hotle in Glasgow, on March 27, 2017. Picture: AFP.

LONDON - Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon has described Theresa May's call for an early election as a huge political miscalculation.

Sturgeon says an early poll would give Scotland the chance to re-enforce its mandate for choice on its own future.

May wants the election to take place on 8 June, saying her government has the right plan for negotiating the terms of Britain’s exit from the European Union and she now needs political unity in London.

The UK had not been due to face a general election until May 2020 but, with her ruling Conservative Party enjoying a record lead in the polls, it's thought Theresa May saw a snap election as being too good an opportunity to miss.

Officially, she argues the stances of Britain's opposition parties risk the country's ability to make a success of Brexit, with the danger of government business grinding to a halt during EU negotiations.

May holds a parliamentary majority of just 17 but current predictions suggest that figure could rocket after June 8, considerably strengthening May's bargaining position.