British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks outside 10 Downing Street to address the recent terror attacks in London, June 4, 2017. (Photo by AFP)
British Prime Minister Theresa May has ruled out a possible delay in the June 8 general election following Saturday's terror attack in London.
The race for the upcoming vote came to a halt after eight people were killed and 48 more were injured in three separate incidents across London on Saturday night.
“Violence can never be allowed to disrupt the democratic process, so those campaigns will resume in full tomorrow and the general election will go ahead as planned on Thursday,” May said outside the 10 Downing Street in the British capital on Sunday.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan also opposed the notion of delaying the vote, saying it was something that terrorists wanted.
According to UK law, only the parliament can delay a vote and since the body has been dissolved in order to hold the election, there are virtually no MPs to make that decision.
Corbyn blasts ‘dreadful’ attacks
Speaking to reporters on Sunday, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn also announced the suspension of all campaigning activities for his party but said the democratic process in the country should remain unharmed.
“I think it is important that we send a message that democracy must prevail,” he said. “I we allow these attacks to disrupt our democratic process, then we all lose.”
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (Photo by AFP)
British parties vying for the upcoming election had to delay their campaign plans once more in late May, after a bombing attack killed 22 people and injured over 100 others at a concert in Manchester, Northern England.
After the Manchester bombing, Corbyn said the so-called War on Terror had failed to prevent the spread of terror and the world needed “a smarter way” to tackle the issue. He also accused the Tory government of getting involved in wars and battles that fuel terror.
In her Sunday statement, May blamed the attacks on what she called “evil Islamist extremism,” an ideology that was a “perversion of Islam and the truth.”
The prime minister pledged on Sunday to work with London’s allies to “regulate cyberspace to prevent the spread of extremist and terrorism planning.”

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