United Kingdom prime minister defends decision to seek snap election

  • United Kingdom prime minister defends decision to seek snap election

United Kingdom prime minister defends decision to seek snap election

The House of Commons can pave the way for an early vote by approving it with a two-thirds majority, or it can defeat the prime minister in a vote of confidence and have that result stand for two weeks.

Following the election decision, the parliament will be dissolved on May 2.

May's call for an early election came after firm assurances that she would not seek a new election before 2020.

She added: "It is only with the Conservatives that you get the strong and stable leadership that this country needs to see us through Brexit and beyond".

She said to wait until the scheduled date of 2020 would mean a campaign getting underway as the Brexit talks were reaching the conclusion. More than two thirds of respondents said they would vote for the SNP (a higher percentage than any survey in the run up to the 2015 General Election).

Experts predict that her ruling Conservative Party could win around 100 more seats at the election on 8 June, which should bolster support for her Brexit plan - a prospect that has strengthened the pound.

Mr Corbyn said Mrs May's decision had given voters the chance "to vote for a government that will put the interests of the majority first", while Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said the election provided an opportunity to block "a disastrous hard Brexit".

The U.K.'s having another election in June, this time to decide which party will be running the country during its separation from the European Union.

Addressing MPs beforehand, May said an early vote would strengthen her hand in dealing both with Brussels and domestic critics seeking to "frustrate the process" of Brexit.

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.

A still image from a video footage shows Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn addressing the House of Commons in central London April 19, 2017. Opinion polls give them a big lead over the Labour opposition, and May is gambling that an election will deliver her a personal mandate from voters and produce a bigger Conservative majority in Parliament.

Michelle Thomson and Natalie McGarry, the two Nationalist MPs who resigned the SNP whip following separate police investigations, were among the MPs to vote against an election.

May, previously the interior minister, took over as prime minister for David Cameron, who resigned a year ago after voters said Yes to Brexit.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has formally asked lawmakers to back her call for an early election. The main opposition Labour Party has 229 seats, but numerous party's MPs are estranged from their leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Corbyn said years of Conservative austerity had led to falling living standards and called May "a prime minister who can't be trusted".

The Liberal Democrats attacked the Prime Minister's decision to rule out taking part in televised debates ahead of the election.

An official statement from the broadcaster said: "ITV will hold a leaders' debate as we did in 2010 and 2015".