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Theresa May said she had called a snap general election in order to “strengthen our hand in our negotiations with the European Union”, charging opposition parties with “frustrating the Brexit process”.

Speaking on the BBC’s Today programme, the prime minister confirmed she did not plan to take part in any televised debates ahead of the planned June 8 vote, adding:

When we’ve been told by the Liberal Democrats they want to grind the government to a standstill, Labour threatening to vote against the deal, the SNP, the Scottish nationalists, saying they would vote against us legislating to leave the European Union, I felt it was important that the country is united.

I think there is a unity of purpose in the country. I want that unity of purpose in Westminster.

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