UPDATE 10:55 a.m. EST:
The general election announcement has an unexpected star: A woman named Brenda from Bristol.
BBC reporter John Kay interviewed people on the street to get reactions to the election announcement. Brenda's response -- "You're joking. Not another one!" -- immediately captured Twitter's attention and prompted an impromptu campaign to get her elected.
Here's the moment of truth.
She was quickly heralded as a heroine.
ORIGINAL STORY: British Prime Minister Theresa May called for a snap general election, surprising many lawmakers and reneging on a previous promise not to do so.
"I have concluded the only way to guarantee certainty and security for years ahead is to hold this election," May said Tuesday morning. She will put the issue before Parliament. She needs the support of a two-thirds majority to hold the election before 2020. The leader of the main opposition Labour Party has said he would back a general election.
Here's her full statement.
The country is coming together but Westminster is not.
The United Kingdom has been in a series of political battles over Brexit. Irish official John Callinan told The irish Times many lawmakers realized that "Brexit in many ways is an act of great self-harm."
The British pound briefly plummeted before May's statement before bouncing back.
Many observers didn't expect the election to restore stability.
Less than a year ago, May said she would not hold a general election.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.