MPs vote in favour of snap General Election on 8 June

The Conservative have a 21 point lead This week's YouGov  Times voting intention figures

The Prime Minister argued that opposition towards Brexit could prove disastrous for the negotiations, and future of the country and in light of that, she has made a decision to call for a general election. "A general election will provide the country with five years of strong and stable leadership to see us through the negotiations and ensure we are able to go on to make a success as a result, and that is crucial".

In fact, May's decision on Tuesday may shore up her party's negotiating position in upcoming talks.

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

In a sign of the key campaign issues ahead, May traded barbs in the Commons with opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, whose party is deeply divided and languishing up to 20 points behind the Conservatives.

Corbyn accused the government of "broken promises" on health, education and the economy during its seven years in office.

Jeremy Corbyn has refused to rule out backing a second referendum on the final Brexit deal achieved after withdrawal negotiations with the European Union.

Theresa May easily cleared the hurdle needed under the Fixed Term Parliament Act to bring the poll forward from the scheduled date of 2020.

"We need a general election and we need one now", she said.

UK Parliament approves Prime Minister's early election callThe British Parliament approved a snap general election on Wednesday, even though general elections weren't due for another three years.

By contrast Labour is wracked by divisions, over Brexit and Corbyn's left-wing leadership, which is opposed by many of his more centrist MPs.

In fiery exchanges in the House of Commons on Wednesday, May said an early election would strengthen her hand against domestic critics seeking to "frustrate the process" of Brexit, which formally began last month.

He dismissed the PM's argument that she needs a fresh mandate to deliver Brexit, and said it was "extremely interesting" she had called for an election as the Crown Prosecution Service decides whether to press charges against a number of Tory MPs over allegations relating to 2015 election expenses.

Prime Minister Theresa May will make a formal pledge ahead of the June 8 election to end European Union free movement of people into Britain, the Daily Mail newspaper reports, citing unidentified party sources.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who is pressing for an independence referendum, said May was making a "huge political miscalculation" that would bolster her Scottish National Party.

United Kingdom commentators say the relentless political logic of an early election, that the Conservatives are expected to win well, has proved too tempting.

Mr Corbyn said Mrs May's U-turn on her previous insistence that she would not call an election showed she could not be trusted.

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