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MPs vote in favour of snap General Election on 8 June

22 April 2017

British voters will be heading to polling stations for the third time since 2015, after lawmakers overwhelmingly backed Prime Minister Theresa May's call for a snap election on June 8.

The former interior minister, who became prime minister without an election when her predecessor David Cameron quit after last year's referendum vote for Brexit, said she needed to strengthen her hand in negotiations which will reshape Britain and test the cohesion of the EU.

At this moment of enormous national significance there should be unity here in Westminster, but instead there is division.

There was a short debate on the motion in the House of Commons to over-ride the Fixed Terms Parliaments Act, which would have seen an election being held only in 2020.

Brexit will dominate the campaign, with May - who took office after David Cameron resigned following the European Union vote - seeking public backing for her plan to pull Britain out of Europe's single market.

May's Conservative Party holds a slim majority in Parliament's lower House of Commons and May is banking on gaining a greater share of the seats to make Brexit a smoother transition for her government.

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Dr. Rodney Shakespeare made the remarks on Wednesday, after the UK Parliament voted in favor of May's proposal for snap elections a day earlier.

The leader of the main opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, won 14 percent, pollster YouGov said.

Meanwhile, more than a quarter said they would vote Conservative, less than five per cent said Liberal Democrat, and perhaps most strikingly Labour finished in fourth place with less than four per cent. "It's about ... getting the right deal from Europe".

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.

The lawmakers approved the proposal, 522-13, after 90 minutes of debate to move the election up three years in a bid by the Conservative Party to expand its role in government and give better clout in negotiating Brexit.

Mrs May insisted an early election would provide "certainty and stability" in the negotiations.

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He added: 'This election is about her government's failure to rebuild the economy and living standards for the majority. This election would allow May to be voted in as the prime minister.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker's spokesman said there would be no delay to negotiations, which the Commission's chief negotiator Michel Barnier has previously said would start in early June.

The Labour leader said Mrs May's U-turn on her previous insistence that she would not call an election showed she could not be trusted.

But she said she wanted people to vote Labour, to get as many Labour MPs as possible in the House of Commons.

The Liberal Democrats attacked the Prime Minister's decision to rule out taking part in televised debates ahead of the election.

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