May wins Parliament's backing to hold snap polls on June 8

The motion passed with 522 members of parliament in favour and 13 against - well above the required two-thirds majority.

Mrs May said that if she had not brought forward the date of the election, the Brexit negotiations would have been coming to a head just as the Government was preparing to go to the polls.

The announcement marked a U-turn for May, who had repeatedly said she would not seek an early vote.

The German government says that it doesn't expect a British election in June to hold up talks on Britain's exit from the European Union.

The Scottish National Party's leader in the Commons, Angus Robertson, also challenged Mrs May over debates, asking: "If the Prime Minister is so confident of her hard-Brexit, pro-austerity, anti-immigration case, why won't she debate opposition leaders?"

May has framed the election, in which her ruling Conservative party could win as many as 100 extra seats, as a way of securing the best possible Brexit deal for the UK.

"If polls are missing election outcomes by 5 or 6 points on average, that means the margin of error is very large indeed", Silver said.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has formally asked lawmakers to back her call for an early election.

The Prime Minister had stunned the United Kingdom when she called for a snap poll in an announcement yesterday.

Mr Corbyn retorted: "We welcome the general election but this is a Prime Minister who promised there wouldn't be one, a Prime Minister who can not be trusted".

The apparent concession comes after Mrs May faced taunts of "frit" from Labour backbenchers at Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons, as leader Jeremy Corbyn accused her of running scared of scrutiny on her record.

In Bolton, Mrs May said the country now has a "unity of purpose" and a desire for the Government to "get on" with implementing Brexit and "making a success of it".

"Every vote for the Conservatives will make me stronger when I negotiate for Britain with the prime ministers, presidents and chancellors of the European Union".

Liberal Democrat MEP for the south east Catherine Bearder admitted such as a scenario "would give me a lot of pleasure" and sensed an opportunity for her party to stake a claim in its place.

But Labour MP Gisela Stuart, one of the architects of Brexit as co-chair of Vote Leave, said she would be standing down after 20 years as MP for Birmingham Edgbaston.

A former Labour councillor, the 73-year-old was first elected as MP for Twickenham in 1997 but was defeated by Conservative Tania Mathias in 2015 after the Lib Dems lost dozens of seats.

The UK is our largest export market and Deputy Timmy Dooley says a delay in Brexit negotiations could have a negative impact here.

When voters are presented with a two-way choice, 47 percent say May would make the better prime minister, compared to 14 percent for Corbyn, according to research by Opinium.

The PM warned of a potential "coalition of chaos" led by Mr Corbyn, although the Labour leader ruled out forming a post-election alliance with the SNP.