UK Parliament approves Prime Minister's early election call

British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks to media as she calls a snap general election in London on Tuesday. Xinhua-Yonhap

British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks to media as she calls a snap general election in London on Tuesday. Xinhua-Yonhap

She has also played up the strength of the economy, which has so far defied predictions of a slowdown - a key campaign theme that her Conservative Party will use to try to undermine Labour in the election. Osborne, who has five other jobs as well as a large family fortune, gave the scoop to the Evening Standard, where he is the new editor, although he missed the deadline for the print edition.

The prime minister urged voters to give her "the mandate to speak for Britain and to deliver for Britain".

May says politicians should "put our fate in the hands of the people and then let the people decide".

At least 434 votes were needed in order to approve the election. It needs support from two-thirds of members of Parliament to pass.

MPs have voted in the House of Commons Wednesday and voted for general election on 8 June.

The remaining 27 European Union countries will be asked to endorse Tusk's guidelines at a summit on April 29.

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

"Yesterday she changed her mind, not for the good of the country, but for reasons of simple party advantage", Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the Scottish National Party, told supporters at a rally.

The latest poll comes after ComRes and ICM gave the Conservatives a 21 point lead, suggesting Theresa May could win a triple-digit majority at the general election on 8 June.

One broadcaster, ITV, said it planned to hold a debate with or without the prime minister. Demmer said Wednesday: "The German government assumes that the negotiations can be continued without disruption".

United Kingdom commentators say the relentless political logic of an early election, that the Conservatives are expected to win well, has proved too tempting.

During the weekly session of Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons, May accused opposition MPs of trying to thwart the Brexit process.

ITV has confirmed it will host a leaders' debate during the general election campaign, despite Theresa May's insistence that she will not take part. "I hope the former will be the case".

The First Minister said the SNP was fighting to win the election in Scotland, but did not need to secure a majority of the vote to keep up the pressure for a second independence referendum. He added: "If it isn't a triumphant success, it will be to some extent a personal failure".

Britain's prime minister has defended her decision to seek a snap election.

If she can extend her parliamentary majority, May will be able to silence critics who have opposed her own policies, not just on Brexit but also tax and education.

Ms May formally notified the European Union on March 29 of Britain's intention to leave, and said she was confident of reaching a deal on the terms of withdrawal in the two years available. "And as we look to the future, the Government has the right plan for negotiating our new relationship with Europe", May said.

Recommended News

  • Facebook Takes Deeper Dive Into Augmented Reality

    Facebook Takes Deeper Dive Into Augmented Reality

    Messenger will have an added feature similar to WeChat , the Chinese app that lets users multi-task from the same app. He described the previous rollout of camera functionality across all of Facebook's apps as "act one".
    Dortmund bus delayed from leaving hotel

    Dortmund bus delayed from leaving hotel

    Monaco's other two potential opponents are Atletico Madrid - which lost last year's final to Real - and 2015 runner-up Juventus. He said: "We started well with one or two risky moves where we found some space and then conceded an unlucky goal".

    Student lynched over "blasphemy"

    A local imam had refused to lead the funeral prayers at Khan's funeral on Friday, according to Swabi resident Salman Ahmed. The murdered student has been identified as Mashal Khan, who was accused of posting blasphemous messages on social media.
  • Venezuela Guard deploys tear gas on march

    Venezuela Guard deploys tear gas on march

    An anti-government protesters throws a molotov bomb at security forces in Caracas , Venezuela, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. The teenager, later identified as Carlos Moreno, died while undergoing surgery, a hospital representative told CNN.

    Watch Ceremony With President Trump Online

    In light of some recent developments, I am unable to attend today's ceremony, as I am attending to some personal family matters. Quarterback Tom Brady counts Trump as a friend, though he did not attend the White House meeting because of family issues.
    Alabama LB Reuben Foster had a diluted drug test sample

    Alabama LB Reuben Foster had a diluted drug test sample

    He also had an altercation with a hospital worker and was sent home before he could finish his medical exam, per Rapoport. He said he was sick before the combine, and he saw a doctor, received medication and started hydrating himself.
  • Philip Morris misses 1Q forecasts, volume continues decline

    For the quarter ending in March, Philip Morris International earned 98 cents per share on $6.06 billion worth of revenue. Has $153.935 Million Stake in Philip Morris International Inc . (NYSE:PM) saw some unusual options trading on Thursday.

    Fox stock holds steady following O'Reilly firing

    We have full confidence that the network will continue to be a powerhouse in cable news. The ratings impact of Bill O'Reilly's firing will be measured over months, not days.

    The US talks trade with Tokyo

    President Trump during an interview that aired early Tuesday denied he had softened his stance on China. Security Council resolution on Syria last week that demanded Assad cooperate with an investigation.
  • Police, protesters clash ahead of Le Pen rally

    Police, protesters clash ahead of Le Pen rally

    They will battle in the first round of elections on Sunday, standing on vastly different platforms from far-right to far-left. For the euro, the tension remains high, but at least Macron remains the leader and Melenchon is on the bottom.
    Trump to meet Italian premier ahead of G-7 meeting in Italy

    Trump to meet Italian premier ahead of G-7 meeting in Italy

    The first plan faced opposition from both conservative and moderate Republicans and was never voted upon in Congress. The post WATCH LIVE: Trump, Italian prime minister speak at joint news conference appeared first on PBS NewsHour .

    Aaron Hernandez found dead in prison with Bible verse written across forehead

    Thompson, revealed that he intends to file all the appropriate paperwork once Aaron's death certificate is available. According to Baez, the Hernandez family expected to receive the brain Thursday morning so they could give it to BU.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.