April 23, 2017

MPs approve Theresa May's call for snap election

22 April 2017, 01:21 | Max Haynes

Including the pledges in the manifesto would make it extremely hard for Remain-backing Tory MPs to rebel on the issues in House of Commons votes if the party wins the snap election on June 8 and as exit talks go on.

Riding high in the opinion polls, May is seeking to increase her slim majority of 17 in the 650-seat Commons before the battles begin with the European Union over Britain's exit bill and future trade and immigration ties.

Mr Corbyn said: "Elections and democracy are about public debate".

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: "We welcome the general election but this is a Prime Minister who promised there wouldn't be one, a Prime Minister who can not be trusted".

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May delivers a speech to Conservative Party members to launch their election campaign in Walmsley Parish Hall, Bolton, Britain April 19, 2017.

But as she spoke Mr Corbyn explicitly ruled out any post-election coalition with the SNP, insisting that he would not do a deal with Nicola Sturgeon's party to forge a so-called "progressive alliance", as hers was not a progressive party.

"This election is about her Government's failure to rebuild the economy and living standards for the majority". The Lib Dems now have just nine seats in Parliament.

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"She expects a coronation and not a contest", Farron said, urging voters to back his strongly pro-EU party to stop a Conservative landslide.

May dismissed criticism of her decision to call voters back to polling booths for the third time in just over 24 months. May's decision for earlier elections could help push plans in Scotland to hold another referendum on independence in a bid to remain in the EU.

"We need to prevent MPs and the people being forced into an extreme Brexit that is not in Britain's best interests". We can't win, they say, because we don't play their game.

Mrs May surprised allies and opponents on Tuesday when she announced her plan to bring forward an election that was not due until 2020, saying she needed to avoid a clash of priorities in the sensitive final stages of the two-year Brexit talks, reported Reuters.

Professor Martin Smith, head of the University of York's Department of Politics, said: "With a large Conservative majority, the government will be able to get through any Brexit deal". 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.

"It is critical that in going into the most significant negotiations in this country for a generation that the Prime Minister has as strong a hand as possible".

And Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood - whose profile received a major boost from her involvement in two of the 2015 broadcasts - said: "Theresa May should be empty chaired if she doesn't show up to any planned TV debates. The notion that the United Kingdom prime minister might be empty-chaired because she was not prepared to stand up for her arguments is just not sustainable", he said.

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