UK parliament votes in favour of early general election

She said a general election will provide Britain with five years of strong and stable leadership to see the country through its negotiations with the European Union to make sure "we are able to make a success of the European Union referendum result".

Britain will go to the polls again in June after the House of Commons today voted overwhelmingly in favour of an early election.

Parliament will still sit for another fortnight, but party leaders wasted no time in hitting the campaign trail on Wednesday evening. She said the political divisions "risk our ability to make a success of Brexit".

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

"That would be in nobody's interest", May said.

A spokesman for May said Wednesday that the government is looking to dissolve parliament on 3 May which will be 25 working days before the snap general election.

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. The British parliament is due to vote Wednesday on the call.

Despite Corbyn's bravado, his party is demoralized and divided under his left-wing leadership and is expected to fare badly.

Although among British people, May has a high rating as prime minister, she only has a small majority in the House of Commons.

The prime minister's own personal ratings also dwarf those of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, with 50 per cent of those asked saying she would make the best prime minister. Britain's parliament has endorsed May's call for a vote on June 8.

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Despite criticism of May among MPs, current opinion polls give the ruling Conservatives their strongest lead in years.

The June election would be the third time in two years voters are sent to polling booths, after a May 2015 national election and a June 2016 referendum on European Union membership.

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

"I think it is right now to ask the British people, to put their trust in me and the Conservative Party to deliver on their vote a year ago a Brexit plan that will make a success for this country and deliver a stronger, fairer global Britain in the future". Would it be that surprising if they voted for Labour given that Labour is supporting a soft Brexit, that Labour wants to salvage Europe's protections for the rights of workers, that Labour proposes a minimum wage of £10 an hour?

Initially, EU officials had said that the talks could start in late May once a detailed negotiating mandate had been agreed among the EU's 27 other members.

"The negotiations were meant to start in June regardless of the United Kingdom government (election) decision", he said when a journalist recalled the all-clear for negotiations is planned for late May.

He challenged her to defend her record by taking part in TV debates, which she has so far refused to do. "The election gives the British people the chance to change direction".

Germany's foreign minister has said he hopes that the election will lead to more clarity and predictability in the Brexit negotiations.

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said that broadcasters should hold debates anyway, with an empty chair in May's place.

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

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