UK prime minister defends decision to seek snap election

UK prime minister defends decision to seek snap election

May said the election is needed to stabilize her Conservative Party and the British government ahead of negotiations to leave the European Union.

Theresa May kicked off seven weeks of campaigning on Wednesday with a promise of strong and stable leadership after MPs overwhelmingly backed her call for a general election on June 8th.

And he told MPs: "We welcome the opportunity of a general election because it gives the British people the chance to vote for a Labour government that will put the interests of the majority first".

Due to the Fixed Term Parliament Act, which is meant to stop elections less than five years apart, MPs had to vote for a no confidence motion in the government by a mjaority of two thirds in order for parliament to be disolved and an election called.

Mr Corbyn has ruled out a coalition with the SNP after the general election.

May has already won approval from Queen Elizabeth for the snap election. She said she changed her mind on a walking holiday over the Easter break with her husband last week, after "reluctantly" concluding that the "game-playing" over Brexit among politicians in London would make negotiating much harder.

According to those predictions, the Conservatives are on course to gain the strong mandate that May seeks in order to push her Brexit agenda through parliament. "That's what this is about, it's about asking the people to trust me, to trust us in government, to give us that mandate to go and get that really good deal for the United Kingdom". We must set that process in motion, there is no turning back.

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"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. Mr Juncker had spoken to Mrs May on Tuesday after her call for early elections. Some opinion polls have put Labour more than 20 points behind the Conservatives.

Currently, the Conservative Party has a narrow majority of 330 of the 650 seats in the House of Commons.

By contrast, Labour has struggled to form a strategy over Brexit, while Corbyn's left-wing leadership is opposed by many of his more centrist MPs.

The prime minister urged voters to give her "the mandate to speak for Britain and to deliver for Britain". "She has chosen this election because she looked across the Despatch Box and she could not resist the temptation of doing the political equivalent of taking candy from a baby and facing a Labour Party in a general election", Farron said.

"They want to unite together to divide our country and we will not let them do it."
"That is what this is about", she said.

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

Shakespeare said having a huge majority for a British PM would also be problematic because "power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely".