British parliament backs May's plan for June 8 snap election

Cornelia Mascio
Aprile 20, 2017

British prime minister Theresa May Wednesday won the backing of Parliament to hold an early general election on June 8.

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.

May made a unexpected announcement Tuesday that she would seek a "snap" election less than halfway through her government's five-year term, with the aim of gaining a stronger mandate for the country's historic withdrawal from the European Union.

"I believe that at this moment of enormous national significance there should be unity here in Westminster, not division", she said.

The opposition Labour Party and the Liberal Democrats welcomed May's surprise call on April 18 for the early poll, while the Scottish National Party (SNP) signaled that its deputies would abstain in the vote.

As the debate began, former chancellor George Osborne - who has recently been appointed editor of the "London Evening Standard" - announced he would not be standing for election on June 8.

May has called the election to increase the narrow 17-seat working majority in parliament she inherited from her predecessor David Cameron, who quit previous year after Britons rejected his call to stay in the EU.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: "We welcome the general election but this is a Prime Minister who promised there wouldn't be one, a Prime Minister who can not be trusted".

"The prime minister is clearly betting that the Tories can win a bigger majority in England given the utter disarray in the Labour party", she said.

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

A senior European Parliament lawmaker says he hopes that British Prime Minister Theresa May, if strengthened by an election, will show readiness to compromise in Brexit talks.

Miller told the Guardian she launched the campaign as a pragmatic way of supporting progressives, given the short amount of time before the election, and that she will bypass party hierarchies if necessary.

May enjoys a runaway lead in opinion polls over the main opposition Labour Party, and the British economy has so far defied predictions of a slowdown, offering her a strong base to launch a poll some lawmakers described as "opportunistic".

"The Liberal Democrats have said they want to grind the business of government to a standstill". The anti-Brexit Liberal Democrats, who came close to being wiped out in the 2015 election, sniff an opportunity.

Brok said he expects May to win a parliamentary majority, but it's unclear how big.

"Having got to where we are, we need to get on with it", she told Reuters in the town's bustling shopping district. "The country is coming together, but Westminster is not".

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said his party would agree to an early vote.

The Sun, Britain's top-selling newspaper, splashed the headline "Blue Murder" - a reference to the Conservatives' party colour and the prospect of Labour losing dozens of seats.

But the near-unanimity of the decision to summon voters to the polls followed a rancorous debate that highlighted some of the thorniest issues Britain faces today: whether it is ready to leave the bloc's single market and customs union - a so-called hard Brexit; the stark and rising inequality among the country's regions; and the future of Scotland, where there are growing calls for a new referendum on independence.

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