British Lawmakers Overwhelmingly Support Early General Election In June

Modesto Morganelli
Aprile 20, 2017

The main opposition Labour Party welcomed May's election call, meaning that it is nearly a foregone conclusion that May will obtain the two thirds support she needs in the House of Commons for the election to be held.

The House of Commons will vote later Wednesday on whether to support May's call for a snap election.

May is now favored in polls, which will help her solidify her leadership.

British lawmakers have, as expected, voted in favour of the snap election proposed yesterday by Prime Minister Theresa May, setting the date for June 8.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer said Wednesday: "We have an predictability and reliability, because we want to get this process done in the prescribed period of time and above all because we don't need upheaval in this negotiating process - either at the beginning or the end".

Although Parliament will not be officially dissolved until early May, campaigning is already under way - with Lib Dem leader Tim Farron addressing a rally of activists in south-west London earlier on Wednesday.

May replied that while parliament had voted to trigger Article 50, "the Labour party made it clear that they were thinking of voting against the final deal, the Scottish Nationalists have said that they will vote against the legislation necessary to leave the European Union, the Liberal Democrats say they're going to grind government to a standstill, and the Lords have threatened to stop us at every step of the way". The SNP MPs abstained in the vote.

Respondents were also asked about the leadership qualities of the Prime Minister and her Labour rival Jeremy Corbyn, with May preferred as "best prime minister" by 54 per cent to 15 per cent.

Opinion polls put the Conservatives, who now hold 330 of parliament's 650 seats, way ahead of Labour with 229.

May's Conservatives have 330 seats in the 650-seat House of Commons and are polling well ahead of Labour, the main Opposition party.

This would mirror the ruthless campaign against the Liberal Democrats in the 2015 election, in which the Tories took several seats from their then-coalition partners.

For voters in Britain, this snap election will be the third time they've been to the polls in three years.

Nicola Sturgeon however said her decision to seek an early election, after repeatedly stating she had no intention of doing so, was purely for party political advantage.

Mrs May surprised allies and opponents on Tuesday when she announced her plan to bring forward an election that was not due until 2020, saying she needed to avoid a clash of priorities in the sensitive final stages of the two-year Brexit talks, reported Reuters.

Britain's next national election is now scheduled for 2020, a year after the scheduled completion of two years of European Union exit talks.

"This is a Prime Minister who promised that there wouldn't be one".

Televised debates give the opposition a chance to score points against the establishment - as Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg successfully did during the 2010 debates.

And a month ago, she told her spokesperson to rule out a General Election, and that wasn't true either.

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