British parliament backs PM Theresa May's plan for June 8 snap election

Meanwhile, Mr Corbyn's brother launched a blistering attack on the BBC, saying it will take every opportunity it can to prevent Mr Corbyn becoming prime minister.

"There should be unity here in Westminster, but instead there is division", May said Tuesday, according to CNN.

Praising MPs for backing her during a stump speech in the north-west of England, Mrs May said: "It's about providing the strong and stable leadership this country needs to take Britain through Brexit and beyond, it's about strengthening our hand in the negotiations that lie ahead, and it's about sticking to our plan for a stronger Britain that will enable us to secure that more stable and secure future for this country and take the right long-term decisions for the future".

Professor Martin Smith, head of the University of York's Department of Politics, said: "With a large Conservative majority, the government will be able to get through any Brexit deal".

Weston Labour Party vice chairman Dave Townsend said Mrs May did a "massive U-turn" when she made her announcement.

He said: "The reason she's now going for a General Election is yes, she's putting party before country but I also think she realises people are waking up to the fact that the economy now is beginning to dive".

The Liberal Democrats were in a coalition government with the Conservatives between 2010 and 2015 but were crushed in an election that year, losing all but eight of their seats in the House of Commons. The ministers approved her call for a snap general election on June 8.

Technically, there are now only two ways to call early elections.

Former Labour prime minister Tony Blair, who has called for Britain to reverse its decision to leave the European Union, has in the past called for such a pro-EU alliance.

But there was deep division over the issues which should decide the election's outcome, with Mrs May casting the poll as an opportunity to secure "strong and stable leadership" for Britain as it forges a new position outside the European Union, while Mr Corbyn said voters should take the chance to make their judgment on the Conservative record on austerity and public service cuts.

Already a number of Labour lawmakers have announced they won't stand for re-election.

At an appearance with her party's MPs outside Westminster, Ms Sturgeon said the Prime Minister was guilty of political opportunism for using the election to "crush the parliamentary opposition" to a hard Brexit. "I am stepping down from the House of Commons - for now", he wrote in a letter to his constituents. The choice before us is clear: "to trust the people and then let the public decide".

The president of the European Commission, Mr Jean-Claude Juncker, believes "real" Brexit talks will only start after British snap elections, an EU spokesman said yesterday. Previously she had played down the possibility of an early election, and no poll was due until 2020.

If the ruling Conservative party obtains a big majority in the general election in June this year, it will make it more likely for Britain to seal a trade transitional deal - a leeway period or phased process of implementation of Brexit agreements for the United Kingdom with the European Union.

  • Leroy Wright