Back to the ballot box: UK lawmakers approve June 8 election

UK Prime Minister Theresa May appealed to millions of voters to strengthen her position in Brexit negotiations by backing her Conservative Party as she sought approval from lawmakers for a national election on June 8.

She said a general election will provide Britain with five years of strong and stable leadership to see the country through its negotiations with the European Union to make sure "we are able to make a success of the European Union referendum result".

The opposition Labour Party and the Liberal Democrats welcomed May's surprise call on April 18 for the early poll, while the Scottish National Party (SNP) signaled that its deputies would abstain in the vote.

Earlier Wednesday, May defended her decision to call an early election - two years after the most recent and three years before the next on scheduled in 2020.

She has categorically denied the June 8 poll will be a sort of re-run of last year's referendum, saying there could be no "turning back" on the Brexit decision but if she was re-elected, it would be a vote of confidence in her government's central goals of gaining "control" of the UK's laws, borders and money.

British opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

However John Bruton says there's a chance she won't get the result she wants.

Dr. Rodney Shakespeare made the remarks on Wednesday, after the UK Parliament voted in favor of May's proposal for snap elections a day earlier.

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".

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said that broadcasters should hold debates anyway, with an empty chair in May's place. "It's about ... getting the right deal from Europe".

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn MP said Wednesday that May can not be trusted with her U-turn.

The remark came in reaction to a statement of a spokeswoman for the British Brexit department who said on Monday that the location of the agencies had not been decided yet and would be "subject to the exit negotiations".

"A general election is the best way to strengthen Britain's hand in the negotiation".

Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer said Wednesday: "We have an interest ... in predictability and reliability, because we want to get this process done in the prescribed period of time and above all because we don't need upheaval in this negotiating process - either at the beginning or the end".

He added: 'This election is about her government's failure to rebuild the economy and living standards for the majority.

"That is true of British prime ministers with huge majorities", he said.

A victory would give Ms May a powerful mandate extending until 2022, long enough to cover the Brexit negotiations plus a possible transition period into new trading arrangements with the European Union - a prospect that has strengthened the pound.

May is adamant she will not take part in a televised debate in the run-up to the vote, despite numerous MPs calling for her to do so.

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