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UK prime minister defends decision to seek snap election

United Kingdom commentators say the relentless political logic of an early election, that the Conservatives are expected to win well, has proved too tempting.

The former interior minister, who became prime minister without an election when her predecessor David Cameron quit after last year's referendum, enjoys a runaway lead over the main opposition Labour Party in opinion polls.

Ms Mayer said: "The Prime Minister is playing with fire holding an early general election this June; people in this country have had enough with the Tory agenda of brutal cuts to public services and in the coming weeks Labour will be putting forward our better vision for the future of this country including saying no to her hard Brexit plan that risks people's jobs".

Parliament will still sit for another fortnight, but party leaders wasted no time in hitting the campaign trail on Wednesday evening.

"Following their conversation, the president considers that the real political negotiations on Article 50 with the United Kingdom will start after the elections foreseen for the 8th of June", the spokesman said, referring to the European Union treaty rule that regulates the exit of a member state from the bloc.

The mid-term election was announced due to uncertainties perceived by May in Westminster over Brexit, but Corbyn's focus on wider issues left him open to criticism that Labour continued to be vague on whether it supports Britain leaving the European Union or not.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer said Wednesday: "We have an interest.in 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".

Now that lawmakers have approved the election, Parliament will be dissolved at midnight on May 2, 25 working days before election day. Its lawmakers abstained during Wednesday's vote. Further, an ideological schism has long festered between the staunchly left-wing Mr Corbyn and a rival section of the Labour leadership, which is more centrist. Polls give the Conservatives a double-digit lead over Labour, and May is gambling that an election will deliver her a personal mandate from voters and produce a bigger Conservative majority.

Polling site Electoral Calculus, which surveyed more than 10,000 people last month, predicts that the Conservatives will increase their seats in parliament from 330 to 381, and that Labour will drop from 229 seats to 182.

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said that, for May, calling the election is "the political equivalent of taking candy from a baby".

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May, who has described herself as "not a showy politician", said she would rather talk directly to voters.

The Lib Dems lost 49 seats in 2015 and now have just nine left.

In Scotland, the Scottish National Party is the dominant force and is advocating an independence referendum to hold on to strong ties with Europe.

She claimed a large Conservative majority would strengthen the Government's hand in getting a good Brexit deal and provide "strong and stable leadership in the national interest". "We called for it, we didn't want it" one Labour MP said, and I can understand why.

"They say I don't play by the rules - their rules".

Schinas and other European Union officials have said they expect draft Brexit guidelines to be adopted by the leaders of the other 27 European Union countries at an April 29 summit.

For a start 15 of her MPs are under investigation for election fraud due to overspending and the CPS will decide if it's going to bring charges before June 8.

"She says that [the election] is about leadership, yet she refuses to defend her record in television debates", he said.

And he challenged the Prime Minister to face him in a public debate.

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