"New UK government could reverse Brexit" — European Parliament President

The Conservative Party has recorded its highest level of support since early 2008, according to a poll conducted after Prime Minister Theresa May called for a snap general election on June 8.

With Mrs May needing the support of 434 MPs - two thirds of all seats in the House of Commons - some 522 voted for the early election, with just 13 against.

Mrs May said that the pledge to spend 0.7 per cent of national income on foreign aid would remain, following speculation that it would be scrapped in the Conservatives' election manifesto amid opposition from some lawmakers and newspapers who said it should be spent at home instead.

May is betting that the weakness of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and the unexpected resilience of the United Kingdom's $2.6 trillion economy since last year's Brexit vote will bolster her majority in the British parliament.

May had opposed the idea of a snap poll since she came to office following the resignation of her Conservative Party predecessor David Cameron over Brexit.

European Council President Donald Tusk, who is chairing a summit of the other 27 EU leaders on April 29 to agree on the EU's Brexit negotiating position, said he did not think the plans would be affected by the election.

But 80pc said they would be vote the same as they did in the previous election.

Riding high in the opinion polls, May is seeking to increase her slim majority of 17 in the 650-seat Commons before the battles begin with the European Union over Britain s exit bill and future trade and immigration ties.

A total of 12 Labour MPs have stood down ahead of the summer general election.

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

To succeed in negotiations with European Union leaders she will need the flexibility to overrule party hard-liners who will oppose any concession on borders and regulation; that would be hard in the current Parliament.

"It shows they can't provide the strong and stable leadership Britain needs at this serious moment in our history", said Patrick McLoughlin MP, the Conservative Party chairman.

"The decision facing the country will be clear".

The former prime minister continued by calling for "a movement of informed voters who can ensure that a re-elected Tory party cannot claim a mandate for Brexit at any cost".

This would mean any future British government could not change the terms of the agreement.

"I will be debating these issues publicly across the country", she told parliament.

Mrs May has also ruled out taking part in TV debates as part of the election campaign, telling the BBC she believed in "getting out and about and meeting voters" and "knocking on doors".

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