United Kingdom heads for surprise general election

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"Following their conversation, the president considers that the real political negotiations on Article 50 with the United Kingdom will start after the elections foreseen for the 8th of June", the spokesman said, referring to European Union treaty rule that regulates the exit of a member state from the bloc.

She said holding an election in June, rather than as scheduled in 2020, will give the country "certainty and stability" as it negotiates its departure from the EU.

"I believe that at this moment of enormous national significance, there should be unity here in Westminster, not division", May told the parliament. "It's about ... getting the right deal from Europe".

He said Mrs May's U-turn on her previous insistence that she would not call a snap election showed she could not be trusted.

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

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

Lib Dem leader Tim Farron says only his party can stop Theresa May winning the election.

Meanwhile, more than a quarter said they would vote Conservative, less than five per cent said Liberal Democrat, and perhaps most strikingly Labour finished in fourth place with less than four per cent.

"The future of its leader Jeremy Corbyn is also at stake", he said. Most people are worse off than they were when the Conservatives came to power seven years ago, the election gives the British people the chance to change direction'.

"The president considers that the real political negotiations on article 50 with the United Kingdom will start after the elections foreseen for the 8th of June", Schinas told a press conference in Brussels.

British MPs are preparing to vote in the Commons after Theresa May called for a general election to be held in June.

May has said a successful election for her would be a vote of confidence in her government's key objectives of establishing more control over the UK's laws, finances and borders.

Commenting on social media, Ruth Howard said: "Whoever in this area wants to get in [to government] needs to get out and about and communicate with the community all the time, not just see their faces at the front door when elections are due".

On the issue of TV debates, Robertson asked: "Can the prime minister tell the people why she's running scared of a televised debate with Nicola Sturgeon?"

Standing outside her Downing Street office, May said she had been reluctant about asking parliament to back her move to bring forward the poll from 2020. but decided it was necessary to try to stop the opposition "jeopardising" her work on Brexit.

"We won't be doing television debates", May said, adding that politicians should spend election campaigns "out and about" meeting voters.

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