General Election 2017: Underdog Jeremy Corbyn comes out fighting

The president of the European Parliament says he and British Prime Minister Theresa May agree that the rights of EU nationals living in the United Kingdom need to be secured as quickly as possible in Brexit negotiations.

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.

"The British people voted past year to leave the European Union".

She has categorically denied the June 8 poll will be a sort of re-run of last year's referendum, saying there could be no "turning back" on the Brexit decision but if she was re-elected, it would be a vote of confidence in her government's central goals of gaining "control" of the UK's laws, borders and money.

But Mr Corbyn dismissed her argument that she needs a fresh mandate to deliver Brexit, and said it was "extremely interesting" that she had chosen to call an election as the Crown Prosecution Service prepares to decide whether to press charges against a string of Tory MPs over allegations relating to 2015 general election expenses.

While many critics of Britain's withdrawal from the European Union hope that an early general election will give them a chance to obstruct the process, opinion polls suggest it will do the opposite, strengthening May's power to force through any deal she negotiates.

When pressed on what the election was about, she said: "This election is about preventing the Tories (Conservatives) from getting such an overwhelming majority that there is no possibility of dissent in this country".

The Sun, Britain's top-selling newspaper, splashed the headline "Blue Murder" - a reference to the Conservatives' colour branding and the prospect of Labour losing dozens of seats.

Since her election announcement May has adopted a new and softer mantra on a possible Brexit deal, said Giles Merritt of Friends of Europe, another think tank.

Corbyn later ruled out any post-election coalition with the Scottish National Party.

With the stakes of Britain leaving the European Union so high on this island, we should welcome any attempt to bring about a "softer" Brexit.

Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn will vow on Thursday, April 20, to defeat what he calls a "cosy cartel" at the heart of British politics that protects the interests of the wealthy.

The almost one million Brits in Europe would have a similar deal, but the European Council has said in a further document that it is keen to strike a security co-operation agreement with Britain that would also come under ECJ oversight.

Like nearly everyone else in Britain, the election announcement caught financial markets off guard, amid concerns of the economic implications of Brexit.

Mr Austin, who has held the seat since 2005, also pledged to continue to represent Dudley people on Brexit in the House of Commons.

She has not been held to account for taking this path that no-one voted for due to the toxic nature of the debate her party created around Brexit.

  • Leroy Wright