UK Parliament approves Theresa May's snap vote


Britain joins a list of western European countries scheduled to hold elections this year.

Although Parliament will not be officially dissolved until early May, campaigning is already under way - with Lib Dem leader Tim Farron addressing a rally of activists in south-west London earlier on Wednesday.

Dr. Rodney Shakespeare made the remarks on Wednesday, after the UK Parliament voted in favor of May's proposal for snap elections a day earlier. But added: "Given the reality the Labour Party is going to be voting with the Tories, there will be a general election, and boy we look forward to that".

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

Calling a snap election is a risk, as Robert Muldoon found in 1984.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn faced down calls from some MPs at a Westminster meeting on Tuesday evening for the party to abstain in the hope of forcing Mrs May to call a vote of no confidence in her own government. "She says it's about leadership yet is refusing to defend her record in TV debates".

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She insisted that the election would not focus exclusively on European Union withdrawal but would see Conservatives set out plans for "the United Kingdom beyond Brexit". They think there are rules in politics, which if you don't follow by doffing your cap to powerful people, accepting that things can't really change, then you can't win. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May has called for an early general election for June 8 to seek a strong mandate as she negotiates Britain's exit from the European Union.

The First Minister accused the Prime Minister of trying to "crush" opposition to her Brexit plan.

May dismissed criticism of her decision to call voters back to polling booths for the third time in just over 24 months.

There was a short debate on the motion in the House of Commons to over-ride the Fixed Terms Parliaments Act, which would have seen an election being held only in 2020.

The lawmakers approved the proposal, 522-13, after 90 minutes of debate to move the election up three years in a bid by the Conservative Party to expand its role in government and give better clout in negotiating Brexit.

She said the early ballot would strengthen Britain's negotiating hand with the 27-member EU.

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"At this moment of enormous national significance there should be unity here in Westminster, but instead there is division", she said.

"We will announce more details in due course".

There has been widespread public support for Monday's decision, while political experts have given mixed responses.

"There will be no second referendum", May told the BBC.

His announcement came as Theresa May promised to deliver "a strong economy, strong defence and strong, stable leadership" if Conservatives win the snap election.

British parliament backs PM Theresa May's plan for June 8 snap election
However, the ICM/Guardian poll found that around three in five respondents said May was right to call an election. Demmer said Wednesday: "The German government assumes that the negotiations can be continued without disruption".