United Kingdom prime minister defends decision to seek snap election

She says an early election would provide "certainty and stability" in the negotiations, which will now start after the vote.

MPs voted overnight by a resounding 522 to 13 to back May's call for an election, easily surpassing the two-thirds majority in the 650-seat House of Commons needed to trigger an early vote. She's nearly certain to win the motion given that opposition legislators also support an early election.

The next general election wasn't due until 2020, one year after Brexit talks are scheduled to conclude.

The "real political" negotiations on Britain's exit from the European Union will start after the snap British election in June, European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said Wednesday.

But he called for a "movement of informed voters" to demand candidates make clear whether they would support the United Kingdom leaving the European Union with no deal, or one that does not give good access to the single market.

"With farming arguably the sector most impacted by Brexit, NFU members will want to understand how each of the political parties plans to support profitable, productive and progressive agriculture and horticulture in the future", he said.

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

Parliament will be dissolved on May 2, sparking nearly six weeks of campaigning.

Mr Hinds echoed the Prime Minister's justification for the snap election, saying the need for strength was greater than ever as Britain takes the first steps toward leaving the European Union.

Meanwhile the Scottish National Party, which holds most of the seats in Scotland, is pushing its demands for a second referendum on independence in order to maintain close ties with the EU.

The early general election will not change the two-year departure timetable, but has opened up a new episode of bickering over the measure, which has bitterly divided the country for the past year. "The country is together, Westminster is not", she said.

"The damage to the country will be huge if we end up with an unrestrained "Brexit At Any Cost" majority", he added, calling for the election of "Parliamentary representatives who will put the national interest before party interest".

The recent election announcement is further proof no-one should trust a word she says.

The leader of the main opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, pressed May in Parliament Wednesday to take part in a televised debate ahead of the election, but May maintained she had no interest in doing so.

While snap elections are a gamble, it looks like May's Conservative Party will win big on June 8.

The Conservatives have ruled for seven years.

While many specific policy positions have yet to be finalised, May did reaffirm a commitment on foreign aid spending - a pillar of predecessor David Cameron's attempts to soften the image of the Conservative party.

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