Britain's May wins parliament's backing for June 8 snap election

On Wednesday afternoon her proposal of an early general election in June sailed through the House of Commons.

She has previously said that she will seek a "hard Brexit", insisting it was necessary to make a clean break and not opt for anything that "leaves us half-in, half-out".

European Union officials say Britain's surprise election will not interrupt the bloc's preparations for Brexit talks " though they will slightly delay the start of negotiations.

He said: "She's blaming Labour and she's blaming the Liberal Democrats".

She said on Tuesday she had "reluctantly" come to the decision to call for an early election because of political division in Westminster, criticising opposition parties for trying to thwart her plans for leaving the EU.

Corbyn said years of Conservative austerity had led to falling living standards and called May "a prime minister who can't be trusted".

The leader of the main opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, won 14 percent, pollster YouGov said.

Its lawmakers abstained during Wednesday's vote.

So if Mrs May has judged the national mood on Brexit correctly, her pitch should also help her win over voters in the very seats that hold the key to the realisation of her ambition of securing a large majority.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May today (18 April) announced she will call a snap general election for 8 June.

Opinion polls put the Conservatives - who now hold 330 of parliament's 650 seats - well ahead of Labour, who have 229.

May is expecting to sizeably increase her majority, and all the opinion polls suggest that that is true. "It's about. getting the right deal from Europe".

May also told the BBC that her political opponents were intent on "frustrating the Brexit process" " even after Parliament authorized divorce talks with the EU.

May had for months ruled out an early election, but switched tack saying it was needed for "certainty and stability" ahead of the Brexit negotiations.

May might not win the June election by a landslide, but she nearly certainly will add some bulk to her skinny parliamentary majority (the Conservatives have 330 seats out of 650).

Spiking by more than three cents to $1.2876 United States in the hours after May's announcement Tuesday of a June 8 general election, the pound hit its highest level since early October.

Following considerable wrangling over formats, the 2015 election campaign saw one debate featuring Mr Cameron and Mr Clegg alongside Labour's Ed Miliband and leaders of Ukip, the Scottish National Party, Greens and Plaid Cymru, as well as a second debate with the five non-coalition parties and programmes in which Mr Cameron, Mr Clegg and Mr Miliband answered questions but did not debate face-to-face.

The early election is the latest twist a turbulent year in British politics, which was plunged into turmoil when the country unexpectedly voted to leave the European Union last year.

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said that broadcasters should hold debates anyway, with an empty chair in May's place.

"The prime minister's attempt to dodge scrutiny shows how she holds the public in contempt", he said.

  • Zachary Reyes