MPs overwhelmingly vote for snap general election on 8 June

UK prime minister defends decision to seek snap election

"Now is the time for a General Election as it would strengthen our hand in European Union negotiations", the prime minister said.

The Scottish National Party say they will vote against the legislation that formally repeals Britain's membership of the European Union.

The German government says that it doesn't expect a British election in June to hold up talks on Britain's exit from the European Union.

Tim Farron, leader of the Liberal Democrats, appears to be delighted with the promise of a snap general election.

The Lib Dems believe their anti-Brexit position will draw in voters anxious about the UK's divorce from the EU.

He added that social care and the state of the NHS would be key issues as they approached the snap election on June 8.

Victory for May will also further weaken any opposition from outside her party to the clean break with Europe she has outlined, likely including Britain's exclusion from the continent's lucrative single market.

May announced on Tuesday her desire to take the country to the polls.

The Liberal Democrats were in a coalition government with the Conservatives between 2010 and 2015 but were crushed in an election that year, losing all but eight of their seats in the House of Commons. The success in the home constituency of war-time Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain was emblematic of the appeal of Blair's "New Labour" in traditionally Conservative areas.

Joe Cooke, from Castle Point Labour group, added: "This election gives us the chance to stop this downward spiral in our quality of life".

Until Tuesday, May had repeatedly ruled out holding an early election, saying there would be no national vote until 2020.

The pound continued to trade at a six-month high against the U.S. dollar as investors took an optimistic view of Prime Minister Theresa May's plans for a general election in June.

She said the Conservatives would provide "strong and stable leadership" for Brexit and beyond, and promising to wage "a positive and optimistic campaign".

Lawmakers are due to vote on the motion calling for a June 8 election after a 90-minute debate Wednesday.

It had been hoped talks could start by the end of that month, but EU Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said Wednesday that "the real political negotiations" with Britain would not start till after the June 8 election.

But analysts have said the chances are weak - chiefly because the Liberal Democrats would probably not want to ally with a struggling Labour Party, which is also deeply divided over its current leader Jeremy Corbyn.

"But it is clear from the statements that have been made by the Scottish nationalists and others that they do want to use this House to try to frustrate that process".

The Prime Minister said Labour's economic policies would mean it is "ordinary working people who pay the price".

"That's what this is about, it's about asking the people to trust me, to trust us in government, to give us that mandate to go and get that really good deal for the United Kingdom".

She blamed the Lib Dems, for wanting to "grind" the business of government to a standstill, the SNP for threatening to vote against negotiations and Labour's threat to vote against the final Brexit agreement.



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