Prime Minister Theresa May has announced a snap general election to be held on June 8.

The announcement was made outside Downing Street in a hastily arranged press statement this morning and comes just weeks after the UK triggered the process of leaving the European Union.

It will come just over a month after local council elections are held across Scotland on May 4.

The Prime Minister had previously ruled out an early election, with the next poll due in 2020, but she will seek permission from Parliament for an election on Wednesday, where she will require the backing of two-thirds of MPs.

The last UK general election in 2015 saw the SNP pick up 56 MPs, with Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives each picking up one seat each.

The announcement has already been responded to Scottish political leaders. This was First Minister's Nicola Sturgeon's response: