British Parliament approves snap election


She is counting on winning the support of British voters, who backed Brexit by 52-48 percent. In fact, May's decision on Tuesday may shore up her party's negotiating position in upcoming talks.

After addressing a rowdy session of the House of Commons, Mrs May won the support of 522 lawmakers in the 650-seat Parliament for an election on June 8, an easy victory for the Prime Minister, who could see her majority increase by at least 100 seats in the poll.

"Let us put forward our plans for Brexit and our alternative programs for government and then let the people decide", May said.

If current opinion polling is replicated at the ballot box, the Tories will win 375 seats - nearly double the 189 the Labour Party would win.

The move has, in any case, been welcomed by the opposition with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who stated the party would contest the government over its failure to fix the economy and public services.

She said she wanted a stronger mandate because, with a slim working majority of just 17 MPs, opposition parties were intent on "frustrating" Brexit, even though she has yet to lose a vote on the issue in the Commons.

"It's the right decision, it's in the national interest, and that's what this election is about".

May is hoping to gain a bigger majority in Parliament for her Conservatives, strengthening her negotiating hand with the EU.

Labour has said it will back the government on Brexit as long as certain conditions are respected, such as retaining strong economic ties with the European Union and defending workers' and environmental rights.

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There is room for Britain to change its mind during the two-year negotiation process, and in the weeks since Article 50 was triggered, much has been said of what can be done to undo it.

According to the Daily Mail, the Tory election manifesto will call for the end of free movement and for Britain to leave single market and pull out of the European Court of Justice. Leaders of European Union states are due to adopt negotiating guidelines at an April 29 summit, and the bloc will prepare detailed plans for the talks with Britain by late May.

Mrs May said she would not take part in any televised leaders' debates, leading to criticism from Mr Corbyn and other party leaders she was "running scared".

Mrs May appealed for the British people to trust her to handle Brexit and rejected claims the decision to go to the country on June 8 was motivated by political opportunism at a time when the Tories enjoy a healthy opinion poll lead. "We will be taking a proud record of a Conservative government, but more than that we will taking our plans for the future of this country".

No details of format or date have yet been released, but it is expected that Julie Etchingham will host the programme, as she did in 2015, when seven leaders including David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg took part in a two-hour showdown.

Controversial former Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair could throw his lot in with the Liberal Democrats in a bid to find political relevance by opposing a hard Brexit from the EU.

Rather than helping the country unite, the election could widen divisions within the United Kingdom.

The UK voted 52 percent to 48 percent to leave the European Union, but Scotland backed remaining by a large majority, and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is seeking to hold a referendum on independence from the UK.