Theresa May 'won't take part in TV debates' ahead of general election
- Author: Zachary Reyes Apr 19, 2017,
Apr 19, 2017, 17:42
Mr Corbyn said the Prime Minister's surprise decision to call an election on June 8, nearly three years earlier than the next scheduled ballot, would give the people the chance to vote for a government that will put the "majority first".
Parliament voted 522-13 in favor of the motion, which gives the Prime Minister the ability to re-set election dates outside of the "every five years" timetable set out in the current Fixed Term Parliaments Act, which was passed in 2011.
Former Treasury chief George Osborne, a leader of the losing campaign to keep Britain in the European Union, says he won't be a candidate in the June 8 elections.
With all major opposition parties supporting the Prime Minister's call to have a new general election, the bureaucratic hurdles that now have to be crossed promise to be a formality.
Both Labour and Liberal Democrats have officially welcomed the early poll and are expected to back it in Wednesday afternoon's vote.
She also said that the decision - which she said she made last week during a walking holiday in Wales - was partly in response to political opponents who have questioned May's tactics for the Brexit process, which should take at least two years.
There will be a House of Commons vote on the proposed election today and May will need the Parliament's backing to hold a vote before 2020.
"Had the election been in 2020, we would have been coming up to the most crucial part of the negotiations at the end of the negotiations in what would be starting to be the run-up to a general election", she said.
"There can be no turning back", she said.
The Prime Mininster reaffirmed her stance to secure "the best possible deal for the UK", Mrs May did, however, failed to concede she called the election to offer her extra wriggle room after Brexit is acheived in two years time.
The pair sparred just a day after the Prime Minister announced plans to hold a general election on 8 June.
The decision came after European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker had a phone call with May following her election announcement Tuesday. The party with the most lawmakers wins a working majority and is allowed to install its leader as prime minister and implement its manifesto promises.
Brexit brought May to power; her predecessor, David Cameron, resigned after the humbling defeat of his pro-European Union side in last June's referendum on whether to leave the trading bloc.
Mrs May said she was concerned that opposition parties would seek to derail Brexit by voting against key pieces of legislation including the Great Repeal Bill, which will provide the legislative authority to take Britain out of the European Union.