MPs back May's call for snap election

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 20, 2017

Under British electoral law, May needs the backing of two-thirds of lawmakers.

Mrs May said she was concerned that opposition parties would seek to derail Brexit by voting against key pieces of legislation including the Great Repeal Bill, which will provide the legislative authority to take Britain out of the European Union.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn faced down calls from some MPs at a Westminster meeting on Tuesday evening for the party to abstain in the hope of forcing Mrs May to call a vote of no confidence in her own government.

"What the people of the United Kingdom voted for previous year was for the UK to leave the European Union".

Since being fired by Theresa May, Osborne has earned lucrative speaking fees and taken on an advisory role for American investment giant Blackrock.

Defending the measure, Mrs May told MPs there was a "window of opportunity" to hold a poll before Brexit negotiations began in earnest in June and that the country needed "strong leadership" to make a success of the process.

May says politicians should "put our fate in the hands of the people and then let the people decide". A two-thirds majority of MPs must agree to a move that will shorten the lifespan of a parliament.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May's shock announcement to call a General Election for June 8 in an attempt to solidify her grip on power amidst the turmoil of upcoming Brexit negotiations has only served to further hinder the country's green economy and policy moves, an unintended outcome which will create policy and investment uncertainty for months to come.

The pro-Brexit, right-wing newspapers portrayed her decision as an aggressive move to strengthen her hand in the talks with the 27 other European Union members and to crush her domestic opponents.

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.

Theresa May speaks during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons. Demmer said Wednesday: "The German government assumes that the negotiations can be continued without disruption".

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the election "gives the British people the chance to vote for a Labour government that will put the interests of the majority first". "There can be no turning back".

Elmar Brok, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right Christian Democrats, told Germany's ARD television Wednesday that May could derive from a new, stronger mandate an "ability to compromise". She said division jeopardized the chances of getting a good Brexit deal and accused her detractors, as she has in the past, of playing political games.

He added: "She could also become more unbending; we don't know". Similarly, a big parliamentary majority would not strengthen May's negotiating position vis-à-vis the EU. "Hard-line eurosceptic backbenchers will struggle to oppose her if she wants to soften Brexit in some areas; equally, a weak opposition will struggle to prevent a hardening in others if that's what she chooses", says Irwin.

A big election year for Europe just got bigger.

While promising to run a "positive and optimistic campaign", she said the choice at the election was between her "strong and stable leadership" or a "coalition of chaos" led by Mr Corbyn. Put up alongside the predictions that the United Kingdom will seek to weasel out of the legal ramifications of failing to meet its energy targets in the face of Brexit, and the country's already sliding record on environment and energy looks set to slide further out of their grasp.

The Financial Times reported on Wednesday that Mrs May scheduled the election for as early as June because she was afraid Mr Corbyn might resign, making way for a potentially more popular leader who would invigorate Labour.

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