UK Parliament approves early general election

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British lawmakers voted on Wednesday to support Prime Minister Theresa May's call to hold a snap election on June 8, before the country enters two years of gruelling Brexit negotiations.

Thirteen voted against the motion.

Isn't the truth that we can not believe a single word she says?

The total number of seats up for election is slightly down from the 4,871 seats now held to 4,851 seats as a result of boundary changes at some councils.

Mr 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".

May meanwhile headed to the northern English town of Bolton to promise "the strong and stable leadership this country needs to take Britain through Brexit and beyond".

Like nearly everyone else in Britain, the election announcement caught financial markets off guard, amid concerns of the economic implications of Brexit.

"How can any voter trust what the prime minister says?" asked Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party.

Professor Whiteley believes that the performance of party leaders is exclusively down to the tactics they deploy, stressing that it is of paramount importance the government and the opposition party get the opportunity to defend their positions and that the debates underpin democracy. But the session in the House of Commons was also a forum to spar over the British leader's stunning decision Tuesday.

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The United Kingdom is heading towards an early general election on June 8, after Parliament voted in favour of it, 522-13, on Wednesday, reported news agency AFP.

"I will be debating these issues publicly across the country", she told parliament.

May told The Sun newspaper that if Britain were still negotiating with the bloc in the run-up to a national election, "the Europeans might have seen that as a time of weakness when they could push us".

"I genuinely came to this decision reluctantly having looked at the circumstances and having looked ahead at the process of negotiation. It's about ... getting the right deal from Europe". That is in our long-term interest.

May repeated her reasons for calling the mid-term poll, insisting that opposition parties and the House of Lords were allegedly a hurdle to her government securing a good deal for Britain from Brussels.

He added: 'This election is about her government's failure to rebuild the economy and living standards for the majority. A YouGov poll published in this week's Sunday Times saw its support reach 44%, giving the party a comfortable 21-point lead over Labour's 23% standing.

May, who took over as prime minister without an election in the political turmoil that followed Britain's vote to leave the European Union last June, made the surprise announcement on Tuesday that she wanted to hold a snap election.

According to opinion polls, May is on course to win a crushing majority that would strengthen her position politically as she goes into hard negotiations with Brussels about Britain's withdrawal from the EU.

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