EU hopeful UK vote will smooth Brexit path

Polls give Mrs May's governing Conservative party a lead of around 20 percentage points, enough to command a majority that could be over 100 seats, but Mrs May said she was not complacent.

The House of Commons backed the prime minister by a margin of 522 votes to 13, above the two-thirds majority needed, as Labour and the Lib Dems supported the move.

May wasted no time, going from the vote in Parliament to kick off her campaign with a speech in to supporters northwestern England.

The Labour leader promised a clamp down on the "cosy cartels" that, he said, were hoarding the country's wealth for themselves.

Mrs May has argued a fresh mandate would strengthen her hand in Brexit talks and provide certainty for the future.

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

Parliament subsequently gave its approval on Wednesday afternoon, meaning the next parliamentary vote will now take place three years earlier than anticipated - and just a month after the Surrey County Council elections on May 4.

Corbyn said in the vote the debate should be about the battle between "the Conservatives, the party of privilege and the richest, versus the Labour party, the party that is standing up for working people", not on pulling Britain out of the EU.

The SNP, whose MPs abstained in Wednesday's vote, has accused Mrs.

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

She has also played up the strength of the economy, which has so far defied predictions of a slowdown - a key campaign theme that her Conservative Party will use to try to undermine Labour in the election.

May's Conservatives now hold 330 House of Commons seats and Labour 229.

"European leaders are preparing for customs controls to be introduced from Brexit day in March 2019", he said. She hopes to win a stronger majority as she negotiates the terms of Britain's divorce from the EU. Polls suggest the party could lose dozens of their current 229 seats in Parliament.

May will hope the election will boost her slim majority in parliament and give her a new mandate to put her stamp on domestic reforms in education and health and strengthen her hand in talks with the European Union, which will start in earnest in June. We can't win, they say, because we don't play their game.

But he stressed that the issue of reciprocal European Union citizen rights should be negotiated "immediately" with a view to getting an agreement by the end of the year.

  • Leroy Wright