Wednesday, 18 October, 2017

Britain to head to the polls on 8 June

Melinda Barton | 21 April, 2017, 20:16

British Prime Minister Theresa May stirred jeers and cheers in Parliament on Wednesday after her surprise call for early elections as the government seeks more clout before hard talks on Britain's break from the European Union.

In fiery exchanges in the House of Commons on Wednesday, May said an early election would strengthen her hand against domestic critics seeking to "frustrate the process" of Brexit, which formally began last month.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn MP said Wednesday that May can not be trusted with her U-turn.

The next general election wasn't due until 2020, one year after Brexit talks are scheduled to conclude.

May said the early vote is necessary to ensure that her government can "strengthen our position in these negotiations".

The Prime Minister said the only way to "guarantee certainty and stability for the years ahead" was to seek support from the public for her decisions. "It's about ... getting the right deal from Europe".

Opinion polls show her Conservatives as many as 21 points ahead of the main opposition party - Jeremy Corbyn's Labour.

Opening the debate on the motion to authorise the snap poll, Mrs May said it was time "put our fate in the hands of the people and let the people decide".

On Wednesday, May repeated her belief that there is "no turning back" on Brexit.

Both Sturgeon's Scottish Nationalists and the Liberal Democrats want Britain to remain in the EU's single market - something May has ruled out, along with a referendum on any deal she wins.

Government spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer said Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke by phone Tuesday with British Prime Minister Theresa May.

Britain's next national election is now scheduled for 2020, a year after the scheduled completion of two years of European Union exit talks. It is the fourth round of voting in four years, after the Scotland's independence referendum of 2014, the general election of 2015, and the European Union referendum in 2016.

In a decision that has shaken the political landscape of the UK, Prime Minister Theresa May has announced her intention to have a snap election on 8 June.

The British Parliament has voted nearly unanimously in favor of an early general election proposed by UK Prime Minister Theresa May.

"But the Prime Minister has refused to take part in televised leaders" debates, ' he said.

May, Britain's second female prime minister, also has strong popular support for her handling of the political natural disaster unleashed by Brexit.

Professor Whiteley believes that the performance of party leaders is exclusively down to the tactics they deploy, stressing that it is of paramount importance the government and the opposition party get the opportunity to defend their positions and that the debates underpin democracy.

A European Commission spokesman said the "real political" negotiations on Brexit will start after the election. "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".