MPs overwhelmingly vote for snap general election on 8 June

British voters made a decision to leave the European Union in a referendum last year, signaling the end of the country's 44-year membership of the bloc. May's reasoning is unexceptionable-that she needs to consolidate her power as she faces both pro-EU opposition politicians and hardcore Brexit-backers inside her own party as the countdown begins for the process of break formally with European Union to be completed.

With the Prime Minister needing the support of 434 MPs - two thirds of all seats in the House of Commons - some 522 voted for the early election, with just 13 against.

Parliament will still sit for another fortnight, but party leaders wasted no time in hitting the campaign trail on Wednesday evening. "I am asking them to put their trust in me and if they do that, if they give me a mandate for these negotiations for the plan for Brexit that the Government has, the plan for a stronger Britain beyond Brexit that we have, then I think that will strengthen our hand", 61-year-old May said.

"That would be in nobody's interest", May said.

The British Parliament approved a snap general election on Wednesday, even though general elections weren't due for another three years. Its lawmakers abstained during Wednesday's vote.

Despite Corbyn's bravado, his party is demoralized and divided under his left-wing leadership and is expected to fare badly.

The latest poll comes after ComRes and ICM gave the Conservatives a 21 point lead, suggesting Theresa May could win a triple-digit majority at the general election on 8 June.

May will be going into the election holding 330 of the 650 seats in the House of Commons, with a working majority of 17.

Both Sturgeon's Scottish Nationalists and the Liberal Democrats want Britain to remain in the EU's single market - something May has ruled out, along with a referendum on any deal she wins.

The Liberal Democrats won a ninth seat in parliament in a by-election in Richmond in December.

Ms May, who has described herself as "not a showy politician", said she would rather talk directly to voters.

The former interior minister, who became Prime Minister without an election when her predecessor David Cameron quit after last year's referendum vote for Brexit, enjoys a runaway lead over the main opposition Labour Party in opinion polls.

Prime Minister Theresa May chided opposition leaders for trying to join hands, and insisted she and her Conservative Party alone could get the best Brexit deal for Britain.

Schinas and other European Union officials have said they expect draft Brexit guidelines to be adopted by the leaders of the other 27 European Union countries at an April 29 summit.

European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said yesterday that the "real political" negotiations of Brexit will start after the snap British election.

  • Leroy Wright