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May wins House of Commons backing for snap general election

May wins House of Commons backing for snap general election

Earlier, MPs voted 522 to 13 in favour of an early General Election - giving Mrs May the support of two-thirds of MPs required to dissolve Parliament.

Her predecessor David Cameron agreed to be questioned in front of a BBC Question Time-style audience for live television programmes during the 2015 general election.

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".

Nine Labour MPs opposed the snap election as did three independents and the SDLP's Alasdair McDonnell.

The election announcement caused a rally in the pound, which had fallen since the Brexit vote, amid speculation that May will be returned with a stronger mandate.

May's Conservatives have 330 seats in the 650-seat House of Commons and are polling well ahead of Labour, the main Opposition party.

All sides are now gearing up for the fourth major election in four years, after last June's shock referendum vote for Brexit, the 2015 general election, and the 2014 Scottish independence vote.

On the first full day of general election campaigning, the Labour leader will say "powerful people" do not want him to win the snap general election.

Ms May said she changed her mind with the looming Brexit talks in mind.

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May reiterated her reasons for holding an election, insisting that political divisions in Westminster risked weakening Britain's hand in the negotiations with Europe.

The smaller Liberal Democrats, who lost most of their seats in 2015 after entering coalition with the Conservatives, are hoping to capitalise on their strong support for the European Union to win new support. "There can be no turning back". It is actually the "hard" Brexiteers in her own party that are the greatest threat to a successful outcome, with demands that just won't wash with the 27 European Union countries across the negotiating table.

But the Labour leader ruled out such a tie-up, taking aim at the Scottish party's policies.

May and her Brexit ministers face tough negotiations with Brussels to agree a deal for Britain after it leaves the EU.

In her speech on Tuesday at the door of 10 Downing Street, May made it clear why she wanted an early election. "The country is together, Westminster is not", she said.

But Ms Richards said she did not believe a potential worsening of the economy to be a factor.

There has been widespread public support for Monday's decision, while political experts have given mixed responses.

She said the Conservatives would provide "strong and stable leadership" for Brexit and beyond, and promising to wage "a positive and optimistic campaign". "Of course, there are going to be several difficulties for the Conservatives in the election campaign including the impact on Scotland and the potential for a second referendum, and a focus in the campaign on what sort of post-EU Britain the Conservatives want".

She told The Sun she chose to reverse earlier pledges not to go to the country early because she wanted to be able to go into Brexit negotiations with the "backing of the British people" as her "very clear mandate". Now the opposition is weak, the Labour Party is in a bit of disarray, but there is an economics element here in terms of what's happening in the UK.


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