UK prime minister defends decision to seek snap election

Theresa May is facing a crisis just 24 hours after announcing the general election

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

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

Earlier, May had called on the electorate to trust her on her decision to call an early general election on June 8 as it will strengthen her hand in the complex Brexit negotiations.

"The Prime Minister says we have a stronger economy, yet she can't explain why people's wages are lower today than they were 10 years ago or why more households are in debt, six million people earning less than the minimum wage, child poverty is up, pensioner poverty is up".

"That would be in nobody's interest", May said.

If the election is approved Wednesday, Parliament will be dissolved on May 2, sparking nearly six weeks of campaigning. Its lawmakers abstained during Wednesday's vote.

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.

Despite Corbyn's bravado, his party is demoralized and divided under his left-wing leadership and is expected to fare badly. "That is what our plans for Brexit and our plan for Britain will deliver, and that is what the Conservative Party will be offering at this election".

Currently, the Conservative Party has a narrow majority of 330 of the 650 seats in the House of Commons.

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said that, for May, calling the election is "the political equivalent of taking candy from a baby".


Three weekend opinion polls put the Conservatives about 20 points ahead of Labour, and if translated into votes, this could give May an "election landslide" with a majority of more than 100, according to an analysis by The Times.

Senior lecturer in politics at the University of York, Dr. Sofia Vasilopoulou, said: "It is a good opportunity to put Conservative party divisions on ice in the interest of winning the general election".

In short, May is trying to make sure she gets a hard Brexit passed since the people voted to leave the EU.

Traders also think that a convincing election victory for May will give her greater flexibility in the talks with the EU.

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. The leaders of the 27 remaining European Union countries will meet on April 29 to agree the bloc's negotiating position, which will then be translated into a legal text by the European Union commission in May.

The Commission will not interfere with the possible British elections because they are "a domestic issue", the spokesman said.

"It is unsustainable in the multimedia age of the 21st century to go to the country but not debate with the leaders of the other parties".

"ITV will hold a Leaders' debate as we did in 2010 and 2015", a spokesperson for the channel said. "There should be no general election until 2020". France held hours-long debates ahead of its upcoming presidential election.

"Make no mistake, if the SNP wins this election in Scotland - and the Tories don't - then Theresa May's attempt to block our mandate to hold another referendum when the time is right, will crumble to dust", SNP leader and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said.

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