Back to the ballot box: UK lawmakers back June 8 election

British Prime Minister Theresa May prepares to greet Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Downing Street on April 19, 2017 in London, UK.

The cut-and-thrust of electoral politics began in right earnest in the House of Commons on Wednesday after a government motion to hold a mid-term election on June 8 was passed by two-thirds majority, setting the stage for new political alignments.

Fifty per cent said they would vote Conservative, 25pc Labour, 11pc Liberal Democrats, 4pc Ukip and 68pc said they would vote the same as they did in the previous election.

BRITISH PRIME Minister Theresa May's decision to hold early elections in June, reversing what had been a firm public position, surely reflects her recognition that Britain's exit from the European Union will be far more complicated and painful than voters were promised when they supported it in a referendum previous year.

Unfortunately, the election will strand numerous 48 percent of voters who opposed and, according to opinion polls, still oppose Brexit.

Calling for a mobilisation of voters to demand clear statements of candidates' positions on Brexit, and particularly whether they would refuse to support an exit that "that substantially diminishes our access to the single market" or a no deal outcome, he added: "We don't know what size majority Mrs May will get".

"Throughout the next seven weeks the NFU will ensure that all parties fully understand and engage with the food and farming community on the issues facing the sector both now and post-Brexit".

"Now Theresa May feels she wants a general election and she bypasses it".

Antonio Tajani said all 27 other countries in the European Union would be in favour if a new government made a decision to reverse the Article 50 process following the June 8 election.

An early ballot, which May wants to hold June 8, will give the prime minister - or her replacement - more time to implement Brexit before another election.

Under the old timetable Britain would have left the European Union in 2019 and would have faced a new general election in 2020.

Brexit negotiations will start as planned in June, after Britons vote in a snap general election, the European Union said on Wednesday.

The Prime Minister said the election was called to give the Prime Minister a greater mandate to secure a Brexit deal.

Legal questions remain over whether Article 50 is irrevocable, but Mr Tajani said a political solution could be reached.

The Prime Minister brought the vote forward from May 2020 to bring unity and stability to Westminster ahead of Brexit.

An early election would, therefore, be the fourth big vote in four years after the general election of 2015.

With Scottish Nationalists pressing for a second independence referendum, Martin said, "the mad, bad, and risky should be a particular target of a save Britain campaign".

United Kingdom network ITV has already pledged to hold an election debate, with or without the current prime minister.

But May, who had repeatedly ruled out the possibility of an early election, has faced criticism for the sudden reversal.

  • Zachary Reyes