United Kingdom to hold snap general election on June 8


She said: "I have concluded the only way to guarantee certainty and security for years ahead is to hold this election". "There is only one route to the prime minister losing a general election and it is a Lib Dem route".

Mrs May told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that, if she had not brought forward the date of the election, Brexit negotiations would have been coming to a head just as the Government was preparing to go to the polls.

"The political situation the country faces is unprecedented and unsafe".

British lawmakers on Wednesday overwhelmingly backed Prime Minister Theresa May's call for a snap election, paving the way for a June vote she hopes will give her a "mandate to complete Brexit".

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

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"We won't be doing television debates", May said, adding that politicians should spend election campaigns "out and about" meeting voters.

May became prime minister without winning an election in July previous year following the resignation of David Cameron after millions of Britons went against his advice and voted to leave the EU.

"Britain is leaving the European Union and there can be no turning back", asserted the British PM.

During the weekly session of Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons, May accused opposition MPs of trying to thwart the Brexit process.

Earlier, May said holding an election in June, rather than as scheduled in 2020, would "deliver a more secure future for our country" as it negotiates its departure from the EU.

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"We welcome the opportunity of a general election because it gives the British people the opportunity to vote for a Labour government that will put the interests of the majority first", as he attacked government policy on health, education and welfare.

Asked about whether that had motivated her, she explained that she needed a mandate to ensure Brexit legislation could not be scuppered in Parliament and that the United Kingdom had a stronger hand in Brexit talks. Two former SNP independents, Natalie McGarry and Michelle Thompson also voted against, as did SDLP MP Dr Alasdair McDonnell.

"I want this country to be able to play the strongest hand possible in those negotiations to get the best possible deal because that's in our long-term interests. The election gives the British people the chance to change direction", he said.

In a sign of the key campaign issues ahead, Mrs May traded barbs in the Commons with opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, whose party is deeply divided and languishing up to 20 points behind the Conservatives, reported Agence France-Presse.

"The French are having their general election before detailed negotiations take place and I think the logic is quite compelling".

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As you can see by her reaction, it's clear that the Prime Minister didn't take too kindly to this statement being made.