Listening to Theresa May speak outside Downing Street on April 18, the public could be forgiven for believing that the reason for the general election was to bring clarity to the Brexit negotiations. The timing of May’s u-turn on going to the voters tells a different story: It’s coming as the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) prepares to announce the prosecution of 30 senior Tories for electoral fraud.
If found guilty, this group of MPs and their staff face prison time. Worse yet, the prosecutions would force by-elections across the country, and losing their seats would cost May her 17-seat majority in the House of Commons—spelling the end of May’s tenure as prime minister.
Read the full story at the New York Observer.