Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Tories reveal three cast-iron election manifesto pledges to ensure Brexit goes ahead

Tories reveal three cast-iron election manifesto pledges to ensure Brexit goes ahead

Earlier, MPs voted 522 to 13 in favour of an early General Election - giving Mrs May the support of two-thirds of MPs required to dissolve Parliament.

Philip Dunne, MP for Ludlow, said the logic of holding an early general election was "quite compelling".

May said an election victory for the Conservatives would "guarantee certainty and stability for the years" and give her the public support to deliver her policies, including Britain's imminent departure from the European Union. "The election will be dominated by Brexit, and the Labour Party will have to finally clarify its position".

Jeremy Corbyn is resisting Mrs May's efforts to make Britain's exit from the European Union the defining issue of the election, insisting the poll instead gives voters a chance to pass judgment on the Conservatives' record on austerity and public spending cuts.

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".

May surprised allies, opponents and financial markets on Tuesday when she called a snap election for June 8.

The political parties sparred during the debate, despite backing on the snap election vote from the Labor and Liberal Democrat parties.

On Wednesday, the UK House of Commons backed Prime Minister Theresa May's bid for an early general election on June 8.

History shows it may be too soon to ring the death knell for a party that won three consecutive elections before being unseated in 2010, but the political landscape doesn't suggest a resurrection anytime soon. "Of course, there are going to be several difficulties for the Conservatives in the election campaign including the impact on Scotland and the potential for a second referendum, and a focus in the campaign on what sort of post-EU Britain the Conservatives want".

Meanwhile, Mr Corbyn's brother launched a blistering attack on the BBC, saying it will take every opportunity it can to prevent Mr Corbyn becoming prime minister.

Mr Corbyn (70), who is two years older than his brother, also claimed the pollsters were getting it wrong by failing to detect "shy Corbynistas".

Theresa May said that Jeremy Corbyn was not fit to lead, but faced criticism over her refusal to take part in TV debates.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks to the media outside 10 Downing Street, in central London, Britain April 18, 2017. I believe in campaigns where politicians actually get out and about and meet with voters.

Surrounded by party activists and supporters, the Prime Minister asked voters for the mandate to lead post-Brexit Britain and provide the "strong and stable leadership this country needs".

Her predecessor David Cameron agreed to be questioned in front of a BBC Question Time-style audience for live television programmes during the 2015 general election.

The change of tack followed Mrs May coming under fire from the other party leaders at Prime Minister's Questions.

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