U.K. Lawmakers Vote in Favor of Early Election on June 8

Nick Mcbride
April 21, 2017

The Prime Minister, who had repeatedly ruled out calling an early election, said her volte-face was motivated by the need to "strengthen our hand in negotiation with the European Union".

The opposition Labour Party and Liberal Democrats say they welcome the chance to put their policies to voters, though the Scottish National Party says the election call is a cynical ploy.

More than two thirds of respondents said they would vote for the SNP (a higher percentage than any survey in the run up to the 2015 General Election). "And as we look to the future, the Government has the right plan for negotiating our new relationship with Europe", May said.

If MPs approve the vote, Parliament is expected to be dissolved on May 3, as British law mandates the dissolution must happen 25 working days before a general election.

But Mr Corbyn is apparently facing an uphill struggle, with a fresh YouGov opinion poll for the Times giving the Tories a 24-point lead over Labour, despite his denial that his party's defeat is a "foregone conclusion".

The parliament on Wednesday voted 522 to 13 in favour of the election taking place on June 8. But, after thinking "long and hard" during a walking holiday, she decided it was necessary to try to stop the opposition "jeopardising" her work on Brexit.

With May seen winning a new five-year mandate and boosting her majority in parliament by perhaps 100 seats, the pound held close to six-and-a-half month highs on hopes she may be able to clinch a smoother, more phased departure from the European Union and minimise damage to the United Kingdom economy.

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If May wins the election it means she will no longer have to face the electorate in 2020, just as the country has had to make hard compromises to secure a deal, but instead later in 2022.

She wants us to believe that she's a woman of her word. He said Mrs May's U-turn on her previous insistence that she would not call a snap election showed she could not be trusted. She now needed a mandate from the voters, and the election would give her one, she said.

In response to that criticism, the then ruling coalition of Conservatives and Liberal Democrats passed the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act in 2011 to prevent future snap elections from being used as a political tool.

Addressing MPs beforehand, May said an early vote would strengthen her hand in dealing both with Brussels and domestic critics seeking to "frustrate the process" of Brexit.

May meanwhile headed to the northern English town of Bolton to promise "the strong and stable leadership this country needs to take Britain through Brexit and beyond".

Montgomeryshire MP, Glyn Davies, said the Prime Minister had been left with "little choice" due to frustration over Brexit.

Also yesterday, it emerged Mrs May is likely to take part in a question and answer session in front of a television audience before the general election after she was heavily criticised by her opponents for refusing to debate with them.

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