The British parliament voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to back Prime Minister Theresa May's call to hold early general elections on June 8, three years ahead of schedule.
MPs from across the political spectrum voted 522-13 for a return to the polls - well above the two-thirds majority required under British law.
She said on Tuesday she had "reluctantly" come to the decision to call for an early election because of political division in Westminster, suggesting that opposition parties were trying to thwart her plans for leaving the EU.
Opinion polls give them a big lead over the Labour opposition, and May is gambling that an election will deliver her a personal mandate from voters and produce a bigger Conservative majority in Parliament.
Philip Dunne, Owen Paterson, Daniel Kawczynski, Lucy Allan, Mark Pritchard, and Glyn Davies, all voted with the government to abandon the fixed-term parliament for 2015-20, and instead hold a general election on June 8.
British MPs have backed Prime Minister Theresa May's call for an early election, meaning United Kingdom voters will go to the polls on June 8th.More news: United States considers shooting down N.Korea missile tests
"It was with reluctance that I decided the country needs this election, but it is with strong conviction that I say it is necessary to secure the strong and stable leadership the country needs to see us through Brexit and beyond", she said.
Ms May, who has described herself as "not a showy politician", said she would rather talk directly to voters.
THERESA May has called a General Election in the interests to the Tory Party not the country, Nicola Sturgeon has said.
We asked you to tell us whether or not you agree with the election being proposed and more than 54% said they did not.
As Britain enters an extremely important period in its political future, various MPs assembled this afternoon to discuss and debate the Prime Minister's recent decision to call a snap election.
The six MPs, who all represent the Conservative Party, were among 552 members of parliament who voted to approve plans for the snap election.More news: Trump Predicts Deadly Paris Shooting Will Have 'Big Effect' On French Election
"That is being impeded by the Labour Party and we need to support the Prime Minister in getting a mandate to get the best possible deal for our country".
The governing Conservative Party now has a narrow majority of 17 seats in the House of Commons.
Elections are now set for 2020, just a year after the scheduled completion of Brexit talks.
The Prime Minister faced criticism after declaring that she would not take part in the live debates, which may still air without her.
It is worth remembering that during the European Union referendum, 53.9 per cent of Maidenhead - the Prime Minister's constituency - voted to remain.
A larger Conservative majority would act as a stabilising factor that would make upcoming negotiations with the European Union less disruptive - a point reflected by the resurgence in the pound after the British prime minister's announcement on Tuesday morning.More news: US President Donald Trump Says NATO Is No Longer Obsolete
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