MPs overwhelmingly support May's call for snap election

Antonio Tajani and Theresa May

In a sign of the difficulties Theresa May will face if she remains in power after the election, Mr Tajani indicated that any agreement on the rights of EU citizens in the United Kingdom - and Britons on the continent - would be subject to rulings by the European Court of Justice (ECJ).

Theresa May has insisted the result of the snap general election is "not certain" despite polls putting the Conservatives as many as 24 points ahead of Labour.

The main opposition Labour Party has 229 seats, but numerous party's MPs are estranged from their leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Answering questions after her speech, Mrs May was asked whether older people can expect to see their pensions continue to rise if she wins the election as they have done so far under Conservative-led administrations.

Mrs May, addressing voters as she stood surrounded by party activists and supporters, said: "Only you can give us the mandate, so vote for a strong and stable leadership in this country".

"So we need a general election and we need one now, because we have at this moment a one-off chance to get this done while the European Union agrees its negotiating position and before the detailed talks begin".

Weston Labour Party vice chairman Dave Townsend said Mrs May did a "massive U-turn" when she made her announcement.

Meanwhile, former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg confirmed that he will fight to retain his Sheffield Hallam seat for the Liberal Democrats.

There was never any real doubt about Mrs May securing the backing needed to go to the country, with both Labour's Jeremy Corbyn and Liberal Democrat Tim Farron saying they welcomed the election - though Scottish National Party MPs abstained in the vote.

The polls - admittedly not always a reliable indicator - give the Tories a 24 point lead and unless there is some sort of political natural disaster, it is hard to see how Labour can pull off a most unlikely victory. Will the will of the British people be implemented or not?

Theresa May put forward a number of reasons for calling a snap election on June 8, "stability and certainty" chief among them.

Earlier, May said holding an election in June, rather than as scheduled in 2020, would "deliver a more secure future for our country" as it negotiates its departure from the EU.

The House of Commons voted by 522 to 13 to hold a general election on June 8 - plunging Britain back into political uncertainty just weeks before the start of negotiations on leaving the European Union.

May ruled out participating in televised debates with other leaders.

Mr Corbyn said: "Labour is the party that will put the interests of the majority first".

People could be placing more bets on Corbyn because the odds of him winning are much more generous, with polls suggesting Theresa May will increase her majority. The Lib Dems now have just nine seats in Parliament.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn MP said Wednesday that May can not be trusted with her U-turn.

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