May asks public to trust her decision on snap poll

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Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in London, Tuesday April 18, 2017.

The Prime Minister gave a speech in a parish hall in Walmsley, a village in the Labour seat of Bolton North East, just three hours after MPs voted to clear the way for the 8 June poll.

The election will be held on June 8, almost a year after 52 percent of Britons voted to leave the European Union (EU).

Members of Parliament in the British House of Commons gave their backing Wednesday to prime minister Theresa May's call for a snap general election on June 8.

She passed the required minimum needed of 434 MPs in support, after opposition MPs, mainly from Labour and the Liberal Democrats, voted in favor of an election.

May wasted no time, going from the vote in Parliament to kick off her campaign with a speech in to supporters northwestern England.

"A general election will provide the country with five years of strong and stable leadership to see us through the negotiations and ensure we are able to go on to make a success as a result, and that is crucial".

Last month, May formally began the two-year divorce talks with the European Union and laid out her hope that her government can settle the exit terms alongside talks on what the new relationship with the European Union will be.

She said on Tuesday she had "reluctantly" come to the decision to call for an early election because of political division in Westminster, criticizing opposition parties for trying to thwart her plans for leaving the EU.

But after ITV confirmed it would host a leaders' debate and a senior BBC journalist said the corporation would not let a single politician stop a programme which was in the public interest, it is understood that Mrs May is now open to the idea of a Q&A session.

British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's challenged her to take part in live TV debates before voters go to the polls 0 there's likely to be at least one leaders debate on live TV. The SNP accused Mrs May of political opportunism but abstained in Wednesday's vote.

Because she was not leading the Conservative Party at the time of the last general election, she has no personal mandate as leader.

If Fielding, the academic, is right, Labour's presence could fall to as low as 130 lawmakers in the 650-seat House of Commons.

A pugnacious Corbyn said: "If this general election is about leadership, as Theresa May said this morning, she should not be dodging head-to-head TV debates".

As the measure does not need approval from the House of Lords, the process of dissolving parliament next month in advance of the election will get underway.

Mrs May could also be ready to ditch promises made in David Cameron's 2015 general election manifesto, such as the commitment to spending 0.7% of national income on foreign aid.

Her co-leader Jonathan Bartley said the announcement, following a string of denials there would be an early vote, revealed a "deep dishonesty at the heart of government". "It's about. getting the right deal from Europe".

At Prime Minister's Questions yesterday, Mrs May signalled a brutal election campaign that will target the Labour leader, telling MPs he was "simply not fit to lead" and claiming a Labour victory "would bankrupt our economy and weaken our defences".
However, she faced accusations that she was dodging scrutiny after confirming that she would not take part in any televised election debates.

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.

The gap before talks begin in earnest in June gave her a "window of opportunity" to strengthen her hand by improving her slim 17-seat majority and pushing the next election date back to 2022, by which time the United Kingdom should have long ago left the EU.

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