Snap poll expected to strengthen Theresa May

Snap poll expected to strengthen Theresa May

Snap poll expected to strengthen Theresa May

Mrs May stunned the country on Tuesday when she announced her plan for an early vote, despite having repeatedly said she would wait until the next election scheduled in 2020.

Mr Corbyn could have blocked Theresa May's recent decision to hold a general election in Parliament but instead insisted that his MPs support the snap poll in a Commons vote on Wednesday.

Mrs May has argued that an increased Commons majority would strengthen her hand in the Brexit negotiations, making it more hard for the opposition parties at home to obstruct her plans.

May wasted no time, going from the vote in Parliament to kick off her campaign with a speech in to supporters northwestern England.

"I will be campaigning for strong and stable leadership in the national interest with me as Prime Minister and I will be asking for the public's support to continue to deliver my plan for a stronger Britain, to lead the country for the next five years and to give the certainty and stability that we need".

She told The Sun she chose to reverse earlier pledges not to go to the country early because she wanted to be able to go into Brexit negotiations with the "backing of the British people" as her "very clear mandate".

But a Number 10 source dismissed separate reports that Mrs May will offer a concession over including students in the immigration target as part of efforts to get remaining legislation through Parliament before it finishes ahead of the election.

On Wednesday, MPs voted in favour of a snap election.

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"We welcome the opportunity of a general election because it gives the British people the opportunity to vote for a Labour government that will put the interests of the majority first", he added, as he attacked government policy on health, education and welfare.

Despite Corbyn's bravado, his party is demoralized and divided under his left-wing leadership and is expected to fare badly. If that polling holds true, British voters could increase the conservatives' majority to 100 seats or more when they head to the polls in June, giving May more leverage in upcoming talks with the EU.

He said there was no guarantee "a sprinkling of additional Conservative MPs on the backbenches" would change this.

The vote would be a battle of "the Conservatives, the party of privilege and the richest, versus the Labour Party, the party that is standing up for working people to improve the lives of all", he said.

Ten of the 100 seats with the highest Remain vote last June are in the North of England, two of which are now held by the Liberal Democrats and seven by Labour.

Britain is now gearing up for its third general election in seven years, which comes less than a year after the divisive referendum that decided the United Kingdom would withdraw from the EU.

"But of course those people don't want us to win".

Peter Szijjarto, speaking after meeting British Brexit Secretary David Davis, said Thursday that "a fair Brexit deal ... simply can not exclude a free-trade agreement".

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