PM quizzed by MPs as she delivers early election motion

It is the fourth round of voting in four years, after the Scotland's independence referendum of 2014, the general election of 2015, and the European Union referendum in 2016. There were also a number of abstentions.

If her Conservative Party wins a majority, as surveys expect it to, May would not be required to call another general election until 2022.

"With a bigger majority she can afford more defections", Ford said, adding: "It would give May more freedom to compromise".

Osborne says he's stepping down to focus on his new role as editor of the London Evening Standard.

"This will allow the EU27 to start negotiations", Preben Aamann, spokesman for Donald Tusk, president of the European Council of member states, told AFP on Tuesday.

Theresa May easily cleared the hurdle needed under the Fixed Term Parliament Act to bring the poll forward from the scheduled date of 2020.

The spokesman noted that this did not mean there will be a delay in Brexit talks, "because negotiations were meant to start in June regardless of the United Kingdom government's decision to call an election on the 8th.".

Mrs May has argued a fresh mandate would strengthen her hand in Brexit talks and provide certainty for the future.

May, Britain's second female prime minister, also has strong popular support for her handling of the political natural disaster unleashed by Brexit. Demmer said Wednesday: "The German government assumes that the negotiations can be continued without disruption".

The Scottish National Party say they will vote against the legislation that formally repeals Britain's membership of the European Union.

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"That would be in nobody's interest", May said. "I hope the former will be the case".

Corbyn, battling to control a party divided by his left wing agenda and win support from a public which is unsure of his political views and leadership ability, will seek to tap voters' frustration at the political establishment.

The prime minister greeted Tajani with a handshake on the doorstep of Number 10, but the pair made no comment to waiting reporters.

May also told the BBC that her political opponents were intent on "frustrating the Brexit process" - even after Parliament authorized divorce talks with the EU.

The First Minister said Ms May wants to seize the opportunity to strengthen her power before people become more concerned about the Brexit plan as its implications emerge.

The decision sparked criticism from other party leaders, and on Wednesday morning May responded on Radio 4's Today programme, saying: "I believe in campaigns where politicians actually get out and about and meet the voters". The current Parliament will dissolve on June 3. She will likely get it, since Labour has welcomed the early election.

The Prime Minister tables a Commons motion calling for an election on June 8. "A Prime Minister who can not be trusted", said Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn.

British lawmakers have overwhelmingly approved British Prime Minister Theresa May's plan for an early general election to be held on June 8.

The total number of seats up for election is slightly down from the 4,871 seats now held to 4,851 seats as a result of boundary changes at some councils.

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