Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Culture | By Julio Duncan

Campaigning begins as MPs vote for snap General Election

Campaigning begins as MPs vote for snap General Election

Britain will go to the polls on June 8, after MPs cleared the way for an early general election.

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.

The paper cited polling data from YouGov that suggested the Conservatives were on course to win a majority of 114 House of Commons seats on June 8.

She said on Tuesday she had "reluctantly" come to the decision to call for an early election because of political division in Westminster, criticising opposition parties for trying to thwart her plans for leaving the EU.

MPs overwhelmingly voted to trigger an early election on Wednesday.

"This is yet more evidence of chaos from Jeremy Corbyn and Labour", he said.

At Prime Minister's Questions yesterday, Mrs May signalled a brutal election campaign that will target the Labour leader, telling MPs he was "simply not fit to lead" and claiming a Labour victory "would bankrupt our economy and weaken our defences".
However, she faced accusations that she was dodging scrutiny after confirming that she would not take part in any televised election debates.

May, who has described herself as "not a showy politician", said she would rather talk directly to voters.

May formally notified the European Union on March 29 of Britain's intention to leave, and has said she is confident of reaching a deal on the terms of withdrawal in the two years available.

Shame on us, the press, for not figuring out weeks or months ago that British Prime Minister Theresa May would call a snap election this year.

If the election goes ahead, parliament would be dissolved on May 3 and the campaign would begin in earnest, just days after European Union leaders hold a special summit to agree a negotiating strategy for Brexit on April 29. The United Kingdom will have no say in the process.

In a worrying sign for Labour, three of its MPs have already announced they will not stand again.

"We will not let the elite extract wealth from the pockets of ordinary working people any longer".

Meanwhile the Scottish National Party, which holds most of the seats in Scotland, is pushing its demands for a second referendum on independence in order to maintain close ties with the EU. "If the SNP wins this election in Scotland and the Tories (Conservatives) don't, then Theresa May's attempt to block our mandate to give the people of Scotland a choice over their own future when the time is right will crumble to dust", she said.

The announcement caught British political observers off guard as well as financial markets, which retreated as investors reacted cautiously to May's speech.

The pound rallied on speculation that May will be returned with a stronger mandate, but this caused London's FTSE 100 index - which features many multinationals earning in dollars - to fall.

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