British lawmakers have, as expected, voted in favour of the snap election proposed yesterday by Prime Minister Theresa May, setting the date for June 8.
The House of Commons will vote later Wednesday on whether to support May's call for a snap election on June 8.
May is betting that the weakness of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and the unexpected resilience of the United Kingdom's $2.6 trillion economy since last year's Brexit vote will bolster her majority in the British parliament.
The former Belgian prime minister said, "The UK election is an internal affair, but clearly Brexit will be the key element of it".
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.More news: David Moyes has no problems with Sunderland fans
The U.K.'s having another election in June, this time to decide which party will be running the country during its separation from the European Union.
I welcome the Prime Minister's decision to give the British people the chance to vote for a government that will put the interests of the majority first.
Parliament will still sit for another fortnight, but party leaders wasted no time in hitting the campaign trail on Wednesday evening.
The constituency was held by Labour from 1997-2005 and is the party's top target seat in London, needing just a 0.2% swing to overturn Conservative Gavin Barwell's wafer-thin majority of 165.
Critics have also criticised Mr Corbyn and Labour for their ambiguous position on Brexit - with both Mrs May and the Liberal Democrats making Europe central to their campaigns.More news: Wall Street set to open slightly higher; French election eyed
May formally notified the European Union on March 29 of Britain's intention to leave, and has said she is confident of reaching a deal on the terms of withdrawal in the two years available. The next general election wasn't due until 2020, one year after Brexit talks are scheduled to conclude.
"She expects a coronation and not a contest", Farron said, urging voters to back his strongly pro-EU party to stop a Conservative landslide.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn set the tone for his campaign by criticising May for her "broken promises" on healthcare and education, and jabbed at her for not agreeing to take part in television debates before the election.
"Will the Prime Minister give a guarantee that no Tory MP who is under investigation by the police and the legal authorities over election expenses in the last general election be a candidate in this election?" he said.
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