UK prime minister defends decision to seek snap election

Earlier, Mr Corbyn dismissed Mrs May's argument that she needs a fresh mandate to deliver Brexit, and said it was "extremely interesting" that she had chosen to call an election as the Crown Prosecution Service prepares to decide whether to press charges against a string of Tory MPs over allegations relating to 2015 general election expenses.

British lawmakers on Wednesday approved Prime Minister Theresa Mays decision to call a snap general election on June 8.

Germany's foreign minister has said he hopes that the election will lead to more clarity and predictability in the Brexit negotiations. She accused Labour of having economic policies that would "bankrupt" the economy.

In a surprise U-turn, May called Tuesday for a general election as she tries to make strong gains against the opposition before the tough Brexit negotiations.

A survey conducted after May's announcement put her Conservative Party 21 points ahead of the main opposition Labour Party. Leaders of European Union states are due to adopt negotiating guidelines at an April 29 summit, and the bloc will prepare detailed plans for the talks with Britain by late May.

She said the country now has a "unity of purpose" and a desire for the government to "get on" with implementing Brexit and "making a success of it".

Scotland's First Minister also told Sky News she was open to a "progressive alliance" with Labour and the Liberal Democrats to keep the Tories out if the "parliamentary arithmetic" added up.

Cynics (myself included) point out that the Conservative Party now ejoys a 20% lead over the opposition Labour Party which finds itself in disarray under a leader regarded as weak by the public and many of his own MPs. She's nearly certain to win the motion given that opposition legislators also support an early election.

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

May had for months ruled out an early election, but switched tack saying it was needed for "certainty and stability" ahead of the Brexit negotiations.

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Theresa May told the BBC in an interview on Wednesday that an early election is in the national interest because it will strengthen the country's position in negotiations to leave the European Union.

"The Prime Minister and I, back in 1992, debated publicly, forcibly and amicably when we were both candidates together".

Munro said: "There is a proven track record over two elections and two referendums that debates reach huge audiences including a lot of young people who don't watch conventional political coverage in great numbers".

May is seeking a general election in order to give her a direct mandate to take the United Kingdom through the Brexit divorce with the European Union.

But may argues the moment is just right.

"I trust the British public".

May, Britain's second female prime minister, also has strong popular support for her handling of the political natural disaster unleashed by Brexit.

"But of course those people don't want us to win".

Whilst the prime minister now has to ask permission of the House of Commons before going to the Palace, it is possible the law could be repealed by the next government.

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