Britain to head to the polls on 8 June


MPs debated the motion for just 90 minutes before voting for or against the June 8 General Election.

The majority of 509 votes gives UK Prime Minister Theresa May her two-thirds majority, which is required to call an election under the Fixed Term Parliament Act.

May surprised allies and opponents on Tuesday when she announced her plan to bring forward an election that was not due until 2020.

Steve Hedley, senior assistant general secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers Union (RMT) in Britain, told Radio Sputnik's Brian Becker he doesn't believe that the decision has a lot to do with Brexit.

"The country is coming together but Westminster is not", May said.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May has called for an early general election for June 8 to seek a strong mandate as she negotiates Britain's exit from the European Union.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn set the tone for his campaign by criticising Ms May for her "broken promises" on healthcare and education, and took aim at her for not agreeing to take part in television debates before the election.

Of course, we can never be absolutely certain for a particular MP's reason for absence from a particular vote - illness, family or constituency commitments and so on all come into play.

During the debate that followed, Speaker John Bercow was forced to intervene as Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron was heckled with cries of "Yes or no?" after declining to state whether his party would consider entering another coalition with the Conservatives.

Live TV debates took place for the first time in a United Kingdom general election in 2010, with three clashes between the leaders of the three biggest national parties, Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg.

Last year, Ms Miller took the government to the Supreme Court, winning a legal challenge which forced Brexit legislation to be passed through parliament.

"That's why it is the right and responsible thing for all of us here today to vote for a general election".

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon described the election call as "a huge political miscalculation by the Prime Minister" which would allow the SNP to reinforce its democratic mandate to stage a second referendum on independence.

The Labour leader said it was a "chance to vote for a Labour government that will put the interest of the majority first".

She told The Sun she made a decision to reverse earlier pledges not to go to the country early because she wanted to be able to go into Brexit negotiations with the "backing of the British people" as her "very clear mandate".

"That is what this is about", she said.

"Twenty of their MPs are facing possible charges for election fraud for spending too much on their electoral campaigns, so that may be another factor, but it's certainly about their own party". "A prime minister who can not be trusted".

Following a meeting of the Labour National Executive, attended by Scottish party leader Kezia Dugdale, Mr Corbyn said the Nationalists had wrecked their progressive credentials by refusing to implement a 50p tax rate.

May became prime minister without winning an election in July a year ago following the resignation of David Cameron after millions of Britons went against his advice and voted to leave the EU.

No details have yet been released but the debate is expected to take place in early May and hosted by ITV newsreader Julie Etchingham.



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