London - UK Prime
Theresa May won by a landslide the approval she wanted for a June 8 snap
election as she seeks to strengthen her mandate ahead of Brexit
Lawmakers in the House of Commons voted 522 to 13 on Wednesday in
favor of her plan to hold an election three years earlier than
The result triggers what will be an intense seven-week campaign in
which the UK’s fraught relationship with the European Union will
undergo scrutiny less than a year since the country voted in a
referendum to leave the bloc.
With polls showing May’s Conservatives with a commanding lead over
her main rival, the prime minister is calculating she can increase her
slim majority of just 17 lawmakers and negotiate the kind of Brexit she
wants without being swayed by hard-liners in her party.
“Let us lay out our plans for Brexit, let us put forth our plans for
the future of this great country, let us put our fate in the hands of
the people and then let the people decide,” the prime minister told a
rowdy House of Commons in London. “Every vote for the Conservatives will
make me stronger when I negotiate for Britain with the European Union.”
Until Tuesday, May had repeatedly ruled out holding an early
election, saying there would be no national vote until 2020.
her mind on a walking holiday over the Easter break with her husband,
after “reluctantly” concluding that the “game-playing” over Brexit among
politicians in London would make negotiating with EU leaders much
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