United Kingdom prime minister defends decision to seek snap election

After debating the motion put forward by May in Parliament, 522 of the 650 sitting MPs threw their support behind the early election, well and truly passing the threshold of two-thirds needed to approve the plan.

An early ballot, which May wants to hold June 8, will give the prime minister - or her replacement - more time to implement Brexit before another election.

Prime Minister Theresa May has stated that the general election will "secure the strong and stable leadership the country needs to see [the UK] through Brexit an beyond".

The Parliament's backing for snap polls plunged Britain back into political uncertainty weeks before the start of negotiations on leaving the European Union.

The Scottish National Party's leader in the Commons, Angus Robertson, also challenged Mrs May over debates, asking: "If the Prime Minister is so confident of her hard-Brexit, pro-austerity, anti-immigration case, why won't she debate opposition leaders?"

In a speech launching his general election campaign the Labour leader will say he would not "play by the rules" during the contest, and that his party would "put the interests of the majority first".

On the first full day of general election campaigning, the Labour leader will say "powerful people" do not want him to win the snap poll on 8 June.

Broadcasters have been urged to "empty chair" Theresa May after the Prime Minister ruled out taking part in televised a leaders' debate during the general election campaign.

While Ms May wants a personal mandate from a United Kingdom majority for the Tories, Ms Sturgeon said a victory north of the border for the SNP strengthens her case for a second referendum, for which the Prime Minister has refused permission.

"This election is about the future of all of us - the future of our children, the future of social justice, the future of our jobs", he told cheering activists.

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The apparent concession comes after Mrs May faced taunts of "frit" from Labour backbenchers at Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons, as leader Jeremy Corbyn accused her of running scared of scrutiny on her record.

Halesowen Conservative MP James Morris MP said: "This election will add stability and security to the lives of people in Halesowen &a Rowley Regis".

Speaking about his decision not to fight the next election, Mr Johnson said it was "best for the party".

The Prime Minister said Labour's economic policies would mean it is "ordinary working people who pay the price". "I guess people see that this may give Theresa May a better majority", he said.

The vote came soon after former UK Chancellor George Osborne announced that he intends to quit as an MP.

The election will delay the Brexit negotiations, which must be concluded by March 29, 2019.

He asked the prime minister what she would cut, and which subject teachers she would sack.

"This election is about her government's failure to rebuild the economy and living standards for the majority", he said.

It had been hoped talks could start by the end of that month, but EU Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said Wednesday that "the real political negotiations" with Britain would not start till after the June 8 election.