Real Brexit talks will only start after June vote: EU Commission


UK Prime Minister Theresa May appealed to millions of voters to strengthen her position in Brexit negotiations by backing her Conservative Party as she sought approval from lawmakers for a national election on June 8.

Lawmakers voted Wednesday by a resounding 522 to 13 to back May's call for an election, easily surpassing the two-thirds majority in the 650-seat House of Commons needed to trigger an early vote.

"I think it is right now to ask the British people, to put their trust in me and the Conservative Party to deliver on their vote a year ago a Brexit plan that will make a success for this country and deliver a stronger, fairer global Britain in the future".

He said: "The Prime Minister and her cabinet have decided they want to have an election and within the constraints of the fixed parliament act, which I hope we will eventually get rid of, there has to be a vote in parliament".

Britain's next national election is now scheduled for 2020, a year after the scheduled completion of two years of European Union exit talks. "It's about ... getting the right deal from Europe".

Her plan comes as the main opposition Labour Party faces record lows in approval ratings.

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The Conservatives are on course to receive twice as many votes as Labour in the forthcoming general election, a new opinion poll has suggested.

The prime minister did give some hints about how long she expected a Brexit deal to take.

Despite the PM ruling out TV debates, Corbyn used PMQs as an opportunity to challenge her into live discussions in ahead of the snap election on June 8.

"The damage to the country will be huge if we end up with an unrestrained "Brexit At Any Cost" majority", he added, calling for the election of "Parliamentary representatives who will put the national interest before party interest". "The election gives the British people the chance to change direction", he said.

She says she's facing too much "game-playing" from the opposition.

Speaking on Sky News, she said: "You could make the case that there is a little bit of political expediency in going early before that economic bite hits people's sentiment".

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The governing Conservative Party now has a narrow majority of 17 seats in the House of Commons.

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has accused Mrs May of "bottling" and said broadcasters had a "moral duty" to go ahead with the showdowns even if she fails to take part.

She said: "We won't be doing television debates".

May is seeking a general election in order to give her a direct mandate to take the United Kingdom through the Brexit divorce with the European Union.

"That's what I have always believed in, it's what I still believe and I still do it- as Prime Minister, as a constituency MP, I still go out and knock on doors in my constituency".

A survey conducted last week by the same pollster placed the gap at 21 points - a lead which has echoed a number of other companies' findings.

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