MPs clear way for general election on June 8


Analysts at Nomura, the Japanese investment bank, said it was "highly unlikely" that anti-Brexit politicians might derail the country's European Union exit following UK Prime Minister Theresa May's decision yesterday to hold a snap general election.

After addressing a rowdy session of the House of Commons, Ms May won the support of 522 lawmakers in the 650-seat parliament for an election on June 8th, an easy victory for the prime minister who could see her majority increase by at least 100 seats in the poll.

The Labour and Liberal Democrat parties - rivals to May's Conservative Party - have welcomed the early election, media reports have noted.

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

Telling MPs it was time to "put our fate in the hands of the people and let the people decide", Mrs May told the House of Commons: "We are determined to bring stability to the United Kingdom for the long term and that's what this election will be about - leadership and stability".

"The realisation hit her that asking the British people for a mandate was the only way to enable her to progress through the Brexit negotiations and also to deliver on her own policies", he said.

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Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said that if the "parliamentary arithmetic" supported it she would form a "progressive alliance" to keep Prime Minister Theresa May from returning to power.

Though May has been cautious in detailing her Brexit aspirations, traders think a big victory for her in the election could give her ammunition in dealing with those within her own Conservative Party who are urging a complete, "hard" divorce from the European Union - even if that means new tariffs and an exclusion from the bloc's huge single market.

According to those predictions, the Conservatives are on course to gain the strong mandate that May seeks in order to push her Brexit agenda through parliament.

The election will be held on June 8, almost a year after 52 percent of Britons voted to leave the bloc.

Farron says his party gives Britons "a chance to change the direction of your country. if you want to avoid a disastrous hard Brexit".

Government spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer said Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke by phone Tuesday with British Prime Minister Theresa May.

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Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer said Wednesday: "We have an predictability and reliability, because we want to get this process done in the prescribed period of time and above all because we don't need upheaval in this negotiating process - either at the beginning or the end".

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

She said: "Politics and democracy are about of course people having different opinions, different views".

Rather than Corbyn, the biggest challenge is likely to come from the Liberal Democrats, the pro-EU party that was nearly wiped out at the last election in 2015 after serving for five years in a coalition government led by May's predecessor. Elections are now set for 2020, just a year after the scheduled completion of Brexit talks.

An early vote will also delay Brexit talks.

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