A UK general election will be held on the eighth of June after Members of Parliament backed Prime Minister Theresa May’s call for a snap poll. The House of Commons today backed the PM by a margin of five hundred and twenty-two to thirteen, above the two-thirds majority needed, as Labour and the Liberal Democrats supported the move.
On Tuesday, in a surprise announcement, May called for a snap election as Britain prepares for delicate negotiations on leaving the European Union. She argued a fresh mandate will strengthen her hand in Brexit talks and provide certainty for the future.
Opposition Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn welcomed the poll but accused the Prime Minister of changing her mind and breaking promises on a range of issues. The next general election had been expected in 2020, but the Fixed Term Parliaments Act allows for one to be held earlier if it has the support of two-thirds of Members of Parliament.