Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Medicine | By Megan Pierce

Britain's May wins parliament's backing for June 8 snap election


The move is expected to receive the two-thirds majority it requires for May to overturn the UK's Fixed Term Parliaments Act, which would have seen an election being held only in 2020.

Voters could give europhile politicians a boost in Britain's upcoming election but the effect will be limited and the prospect of a grand alliance to soften Brexit is improbable, analysts said. "We need a general election and we need one now", she declared on Tuesday.

"Theresa May feels strong, so she's calling a vote to capitalise on the weakness of others".

It's because the public don't trust the party with Brexit. "We will be taking a proud record of a Conservative government, but more than that we will taking our plans for the future of this country". This was a far cry from what Mr. Cameron had pegged his 2015 electoral campaign on: keeping Britain in the European Union, with which it hoped to renegotiate its relationship. "We are clear about what we want from Europe".

"Every weekend I've spoken to people who regret voting for the Conservatives", Kelly-Marie Blundell, the Liberal Democrat, or Lib Dem, candidate for Lewes told Reuters.

European Union officials have said that "talks about talks" could start in late May, to settle for example, how negotiations would be structured. With opponents continually questioning whether the Brexit that the government was embarking on was the one that the people of Britain had signed up for, this would have left her and her government particularly vulnerable.

Jeremy Corbyn is vowing not to "play by the rules" if elected PM and insists the poll is not a foregone conclusion.

It could also help her set her own agenda and further distance herself from that of Mr. Cameron, whose vision of Britain contrasted markedly with her own.

May, in a January speech, supported a "hard Brexit" scenario that entails the United Kingdom leaving the EU's single market, a structure that allows for easy trade of goods and services between the bloc's member nations. Leaving out the frontrunner could be a problem, even if it was her decision.

Under these circumstances it may seem surprising that Ms.

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

"She can not be allowed to run away from her duty and refuse to let the British people hear the arguments directly".

On the first full day of general election campaigning, the Labour leader will say "powerful people" do not want him to win the snap general election. The Liberal Democrats have committed themselves to keeping Britain in the single market and avoiding the hard Brexit the government has embarked upon.

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".

The opening salvos from the party leaders came as it emerged that while the Prime Minister is refusing to appear in head-to-head TV debates with her rivals, she may agree to other formats. "It's a bad time for the Liberal Democrats as well as the rest". The SNP are predicted to fall back slightly by four seats.

"We welcome the general election".

In 2015 the BBC went ahead with a Challengers Debate with five party leaders after David Cameron refused to take part.

May's Conservative Party, which is firmly pro-Brexit, holds a bare majority of 17 seats in Parliament, but most polls show conservatives with a double-digit lead over the opposing Labour Party, led by Jeremy Corbyn.

In a speech launching his general election campaign the Labour leader will say he would not "play by the rules" during the contest, and that his party would "put the interests of the majority first".

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