UK Could Rejoin The EU If Voters Overturn Brexit, Says Tajani

Owen Stevens
April 22, 2017

This vote was passed on April 19, with 522 Members of Parliament (MPs) voting for, and 13 MPs voting against, the motion.

"I believe that at this moment of enormous national significance there should be unity here in Westminster, not division", Ms May told Parliament.

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.

An early ballot, which May wants to hold June 8, will give the prime minister " or her replacement " more time to implement Brexit before another election.

But Scotland's first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, described the decision as a "huge political miscalculation" that could help her efforts to hold a new independence referendum.

May triggered a two-year countdown to Britain's exit from the European Union last month, and high-stakes negotiations to settle divorce terms and agree on a new relationship are expected to start within weeks.

"What I am going to be doing in the campaign is actually getting out and talking to voters and listening to voters and hearing from voters and answering their questions".

Corbyn made little mention of the biggest issue overshadowing the election - Brexit.

A large majority for the Tories would strengthen the Government's hand in negotiating a good Brexit deal and provide "strong and stable leadership in the national interest", she said.

Votes in France in April and May, and in Germany in September, have the potential to reshape the political landscape around the two years of Brexit talks with the European Union expected to start in earnest in June.

Following the election decision, the parliament will be dissolved on May 2.

The opposition Labour party is in second place with 24 percent, with the Liberal Democrats third (12 percent).

The Conservatives now hold 330 of the 650 seats.

With the odds favouring the Conservatives to record an enhanced victory, Labour is shy to admit that an election at this stage will not suit the opposition party. "That is what this is about", she said.

Nine Labour MPs opposed the snap election as did three independents and the SDLP's Alasdair McDonnell. Leaders of European Union states are due to adopt negotiating guidelines at an April 29 summit, and the bloc will prepare detailed plans for the talks with Britain by late May.

One broadcaster, ITV, said it planned to hold a debate with or without the prime minister.

May said on Tuesday that she had been reluctant about asking parliament to back her move to bring forward the election from 2020, but decided it was necessary to win support for her ruling Conservative Party's efforts to press ahead with Britain's departure from the EU.

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