May and Corbyn hit campaign trail as MPs back election

In the case of the UK, May is hoping to cash in on increased voter support for her Conservative Party and to solidify her position through an election to strengthen the negotiations of Brexit, the UK's departure from the European Union (EU).

The House of Commons backed the prime minister by a margin of 522 votes to 13, above the two-thirds majority needed, as Labour and the Lib Dems supported the move.

She said the Conservatives would provide "strong and stable leadership" for Brexit and beyond, and promising to wage "a positive and optimistic campaign".

Including the pledges in the manifesto would make it extremely hard for Remain-backing Tory MPs to rebel on the issues in House of Commons votes if the party wins the snap election on June 8 and as exit talks go on.

However, Tuesday she said she had a "change of heart" in order to bring unity within the political corridors of Britain.

"That would be in nobody's interest", May said.

As the measure does not need approval from the House of Lords, the process of dissolving parliament next month in advance of the election will get underway.

Senior lecturer in politics at the University of York, Dr. Sofia Vasilopoulou, said: "It is a good opportunity to put Conservative party divisions on ice in the interest of winning the general election". Its lawmakers abstained during Wednesday's vote.

Facing criticism from within his own party over his leadership style, Mr Corbyn will on Thursday seek to make a virtue out of his refusal to conform to political norms.

May's Conservatives now hold 330 of the 650 seats in the House of Commons.

"I believe in campaigns where politicians actually get out and about and meet the voters", she said.

Another possible reason Hedley mentioned was the "absolute disarray" and disunity in which the Labour Party now finds itself - implying the rejection of Jeremy Corbyn by the Parliamentary wing of a Labour party "stuffed mainly by careerists and opportunists" - which he compared to the Clinton wing of the Democratic Party in the US.

At a rally in south London, Corbyn pledged to fight for social justice in the Brexit talks and promised more investment in public services.

"The campaign - and the platform the Conservatives stand on - has the potential to soften or harden the UK's position in critical areas, as May, eyeing the prospect of a sizable majority and a personal mandate, will know, this is the moment when she can redefine what Brexit "means".

"Brexit isn't just about the letter that says we want to leave".

She also revealed a concern that the May 2020 election date stipulated by the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act would leave her vulnerable to pressure from Brussels as she neared the end of the two-year withdrawal negotiations in March 2019. 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. May did not announce plans for a general election before, particularly given that a string of recent opinion polls have put her well ahead of Jeremy Corbyn's Labour.

Mr Cameron did take part in an earlier debate on ITV with Nick Clegg of he LibDems and the other five United Kingdom party leaders.

Veteran broadcaster David Dimbleby, who hosted debates on the BBC in 2010 and 2015, warned the "perilous" stance could backfire on the PM.

May has also ruled out taking part in TV debates with Corbyn and her other political opponents, saying she believed elections were all about "getting out and about and meeting voters" and, in her words, "knocking on doors".

But a Downing Street source indicated that the Prime Minister would flatly reject any proposal for a TV showdown, telling the Press Association: "Our answer is no".

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