Parliament Votes on Snap Election Amid Brexit Divisions

Theresa May and the Tories have been enjoying a wave of popular support in recent months, with opinion polls now giving them a big lead.

MPs have backed Theresa May's call for an early election, meaning voters will go to the polls on 8 June.

Theresa May's "gamble" in calling a snap general election is "about the surest bet any politician could ever place", says Jonathan Freedland in The Guardian.

May said Labour would "bankrupt" the United Kingdom and called on Britons to back the Conservatives at the polls to ensure a strong economy and a smooth Brexit process.

Labour Party shadow home secretary Diane Abbott said May had made a decision to "cut and run" ahead of Brexit negotiations and predicted an unpleasant campaign under the management of spin-doctor Lynton Crosby, the man behind the dirty campaigning for Zac Goldsmith when he ran against Labour's Sadiq Khan in the London mayoral election.

"What the British people - what the people of the United Kingdom - voted for a year ago was for the UK to leave the European Union".

Mr Corbyn retorted: "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".

Now, the prime minister needs the backing of two-thirds of lawmakers and May said she would put her election call to the House of Commons on Wednesday.

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".

Investors were reacting to Mrs May's plans to hold a general election on June 8, which will face a House of Commons vote this afternoon.

"As EU negotiations now get underway, firms are clear about the serious risks of failing to secure a deal and falling into World Trade Organisation rules".

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"She has a small majority, a big task ahead of her and a huge opinion poll lead", he said.

Labour is asking defeated candidates from the 2015 election if they wish to stand again which includes seven in Glasgow who lost their seats to the SNP.

She said to wait until the scheduled date of 2020 would mean a campaign getting underway as the Brexit talks were reaching the conclusion.

European Council President Donald Tusk tweeted that he had a "good phone call" with May about the election, and the council said the bloc's Brexit plans were unchanged.

If the election goes ahead, parliament would be dissolved on May 3 and the campaign would begin in earnest, just days after European Union leaders hold a special summit to agree a negotiating strategy for Brexit on April 29. If the findings of recent polls are borne out, Labour could lose 59 seats and be left with just 173 MPs - the party's lowest tally since 1935.

As the debate began, former chancellor George Osborne - who has recently been appointed editor of the London Evening Standard - announced he would not be standing for election on June 8.

Asked if he would go on the record and state his position he told the Press Association: "I have never judged anybody, I am massively in favour of people being absolutely free to have the right to love who they love, be who they are, marry who they marry".

But, while May is trying to focus the election debate on Brexit, Corbyn is looking to harness the powerful anti-establishment mood revealed by the European Union referendum, which has roots stretching back to the 2007-9 financial crisis.

"I want a Labour government that ensures that carers are properly supported when they are caring for loved ones".

However it is unlikely all of the applicants will be new voters as the figures include people checking to see if they have already registered as well as those ineligible.

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