United Kingdom prime minister defends decision to seek snap election

Jeremy Corbyn

Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday an early election would strengthen her at the "most crucial point" in Britain's divorce talks with the European Union, as she prepared to ask parliament to approve a vote in just seven weeks' time.

She said that "Brexit isn't just about the letter that says we want to leave".

Parliament will still sit for another fortnight, but party leaders wasted no time in hitting the campaign trail on Wednesday evening.

Mrs May told the chamber that she had changed her mind on the election issue because it would help in the coming Brexit talks.

An earlier election can take place if: a motion for an early general election is agreed either by at least two thirds of the whole House of Commons or without division; or, if a motion of no confidence is passed and no alternative government is confirmed by the House within 14 days.

She said that waiting until 2020 would mean the "most sensitive" part of the two-year Brexit negotiations would come during the run-up to an election.

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

The opposition Labour Party and Liberal Democrats welcomed the chance to put their policies to voters, though the Scottish National Party said the election call is a cynical ploy. Its lawmakers abstained during Wednesday's vote.

"Labour is the party that will put the interests of the majority first...."

Despite Corbyn's bravado, his party is demoralized and divided under his left-wing leadership and is expected to fare badly. Polls give the Conservatives a double-digit lead over Labour, and May is gambling that an election will deliver her a personal mandate from voters and produce a bigger Conservative majority.

Cabinet approves EC proposal to buy VVPAT machines
August 14, 2013: Conduct of Election Rules, 1961 was amended to facilitate the introduction of VVPAT units. In 2013, the commission purchased 20,300 VVPAT units and since then it has deployed them in certain seats.

The Conservatives are set to gain 40 seats in June's snap general election to secure a majority of 90, according to betting market data.

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

Jeremy Corbyn accused the Conservatives of presiding over falling incomes, a struggling health service, cuts to school funding and rising child poverty, and asked: "If the Prime Minister is so proud of her record, why will she not debate it?" The Lib Dems now have just nine seats in Parliament.

Britain's next national election had not been due until for 2020, a year after the scheduled completion of two years of European Union exit talks.

"A general election is the best way to strengthen Britain's hand in the negotiations ahead", May told lawmakers at the outset of a 90-minute debate. We can't win, they say, because we don't play their game.

European Union officials say Britain's surprise election will not interrupt the bloc's preparations for Brexit talks - though they will slightly delay the start of negotiations.

Juncker's spokesman said the election would not delay the start of negotiations, which the Commission's chief negotiator Michel Barnier has previously said would start in early June.

In a repeat of an election tactic successfully wielded against Ed Miliband in 2015, Theresa May has sought to cast the upcoming election as a choice between "strong leadership" from the Conservatives or a "coalition of chaos" with Labour propped up by the SNP and other smaller parties.

An official statement from the broadcaster said: "ITV will hold a leaders' debate as we did in 2010 and 2015".

"We won't be doing television debates", she said on Wednesday.

Related News:

  • Trump Awaits Outcome of Special Congressional Election

    Trump recorded a robocall encouraging voters to support the Republican candidates , and tweeted about the race several times . With all precincts reporting , Democrat Jon Ossoff led the crowded field of 18 candidates with 48 percent of the vote.
    ACC extends deals with North Carolina sites after law change

    ACC extends deals with North Carolina sites after law change

    Three of the ACC Baseball Championship's 10 largest overall attendance figures have been posted at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Women's Soccer: The semifinals and finals of the women's soccer tournament will be held at WakeMed Soccer Park in 2018.
    U.S.  missile strikes against Syria increase tensions with Russian Federation

    U.S. missile strikes against Syria increase tensions with Russian Federation

    She has stated that it is not something they hope will be necessary, but that the United States military is prepared to do more . Russian Federation has repeatedly defended Syria against the accusation that Damascus has used chemical weapons.
  • IS launches chlorine gas attacks in western Mosul

    IS launches chlorine gas attacks in western Mosul

    As many as 500,000 civilians could remain in parts of western Mosul under Daesh jihadist group control, OCHA estimates. Iraqi "successes in Mosul obscure how (IS) has successfully been resurging in other provinces in Iraq", Martin said.

    'The Five': Meet the Hosts of Fox News' 9 p.m. Show

    As a result, advertisers moved their spots out of his program, "The O'Reilly Factor", which has the highest ratings in cable news. The company is making "a pretty big statement" to that effect by dropping O'Reilly, said Hall, the American University professor.

    Conte says Chelsea face six finals now

    We need to lean on the experience we have in the dressing room and the players that have been through all this before. Chelea's Conte was magnanimous in defeat. "There are two aspects to the current situation and what we do".
  • Conte takes blame after Chelsea fall at Old Trafford

    Conte takes blame after Chelsea fall at Old Trafford

    Maybe it is hard for some to find Matteo Darmian to play the role he played. "I can't give up on the Premier League yet. United's unbeaten run in the league extended to 22 games, the longest in Europe's top five leagues.

    Portland's Nurkic out Game 2, Warriors' Durant questionable

    Durant's absence forced everyone from Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson to David West and Andre Iguodala to shoulder heavier loads. Counting last season's 4-1 victory in the Western semifinals, Golden State has beaten Portland in 11 of the past 12 contests.

    Serena Williams Announces She's Pregnant

    On Wednesday morning, the tennis superstar posted a side-shot selfie of herself on Snapchat with the caption '20 weeks'. She also has been ranked No. 1 in the world seven times, including in 2017. "I Said Yes", Williams titled a thread.
  • N. Korea gears up to celebrate birthday of country's founder

    Tensions on the Korean Peninsula have risen amid concerns over the United States' possible pre-emptive strike against North Korea. The country launched a long-range rocket and conducted the two nuclear tests previous year , including its most powerful to date.
    Senate Confirms Gorsuch To Supreme Court

    Senate Confirms Gorsuch To Supreme Court

    Senate Republicans invoked the nuclear option on Thursday that put a stop to the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees. Associated Press writers Mark Sherman, Mary Clare Jalonick, Stephen Ohlemacher and Matthew Daly contributed.
    'I Shot Them,' Suspect In Deadly Fresno Shootings Tells Police

    'I Shot Them,' Suspect In Deadly Fresno Shootings Tells Police

    He first walked up to a lorry and shot a 34-year-old white man sitting in the passenger seat, but spared the Latino driver. He also told investigators he is Muslim, but he prays to seven different gods and hasn't been to a mosque in 25 years.


Most liked

Google reportedly planning built-in ad-blocking feature for Chrome
And Chrome is a widely-used browser, so Google's ad-blocker could be a big deal in the world of online advertising. With its built-in ad blocker, Google reportedly wants to block third-party ad-blockers from getting more popular.

Rays starter Jake Odorizzi leaves with tight left hamstring
Boston scored one with a two-out rally in the fifth - Dustin Pedroia's double and Benintendi's RBI single to right. Craig Kimbrel worked a ideal ninth for his fourth save, adding Boston's 14th and 15th strikeout of the game.

Ann Coulter vows to speak at Berkeley despite cancellation
In its letter, the university said the students and officials could work together to reschedule the event for a later date. It noted that "most Mondays and Tuesdays in September during the day should work".

High-skills visa applications drop ahead of Trump move to limit program
The executive order will make reforms to raise the bar for foreign workers and will select only highly-skilled applicants . According to a few United States reports, a larger part of the H-1B visas each year is gotten by Indian IT experts.

Ferrari, Red Bull surprised by gap to Mercedes
So that's why I went back. "I haven't seen where we lost most of the time but I think a little bit spread everywhere but I think sector one and sector three stood out".

Kids Hunt for Extra Special Easter Eggs at 'Eggcessable' Easter Egg Hunt
For more photos, go to www.dailycamera.com. "Someone was crying ... that they only got two things", Kai said. The church stuffed more than 3,000 eggs with candy, small toys and stickers.

Rolls-Royce Holding PLC 18.4% Potential Decrease Indicated by Credit Suisse
Eight equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company. Barclays Capital maintained it with "Underweight" rating and GBX 85 target in Tuesday, January 3 report.

Arkansas governor disappointed by court ruling
The high court's order sparing Davis offered no explanation, but none of the justices voted in favor of lifting the stay. Two inmates, Stacey Johnson and Ledell Lee , are scheduled for execution April 20 and both are claiming innocence.

GM announces China version of hybrid Volt
But industry analysts say that is too much money and too short a distance for most drivers, who have few places to recharge. Volvo has a commitment to sell a total of 1 million electrified cars - including fully electric cars and hybrids - by 2025.

Pence says South Korea-US free trade agreement to be reviewed, reformed
America's vice president has delivered another stark threat to North Korea, declaring that the time for "failed dialogue" is over. The system fires missiles from truck-mounted launchers and is already deployed on Guam to defend against North Korean missiles.

Subaru Ascent concept previews 7-seater for North America
Subaru unveiled the Ascent concept at the NY auto show, now underway, giving us some clues of its new three-row-seat model. The Ascent SUV Concept measures 5,050 mm long, 1,999 mm wide and 1,839 mm tall with a 2792 mm wheelbase.

House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz won't seek reelection
Republican strategists think Chaffetz is bored investigating his own people. "He has not investigated any of Trump's misdeeds". True to form, they declined to comment when we asked them to verify whether they were aware of " kompromat " on Chaffetz.

Microsoft To-Do is a new app that replaces Wunderlist
Instead, anyone with a Microsoft account can use To-Do, even if they don't have an Office 365 plan, the company confirmed. Microsoft also plans to release To-Do for Android tablets, along with the iPad and Mac PCs, sometime in the future.

Derek Carr Says True Raiders Fans Will Stay Loyal
If Lynch were to instead be released by Seattle and become a free agent, he would owe the Seahawks $2.5 million in bonus money. It's expected that Carr, 26, will get paid more than Andrew Luck. "Yeah, they should be really excited", Carr said.

Protesters march before EPA chief IN visit
Officials say two dozen families remain at the 45-year-old complex, built on a site once occupied by a lead-products factory. The EPA provided a copy of the email from Kaplan, who is not a Trump political appointee, to ThinkProgress.