Polls give the Conservatives a double-digit lead over Labour, and May is gambling that an election will deliver her a personal mandate from voters and produce a bigger Conservative majority.
London [U.K.], April 20: The members of the British Parliament have approved Prime Minister Theresa May's plan to hold an early general election on June 8.
Defending the measure, Mrs May told MPs there was a "window of opportunity" to hold a poll before Brexit negotiations began in earnest in June and that the country needed "strong leadership" to make a success of the process.
During the weekly session of Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons, May accused opposition MPs of trying to thwart the Brexit process.
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. During this time of change for Britain we need a leader that will stand strong in the upcoming negotiations, a leader that won't crumble under the pressure of negotiating with 27 European Union nations. Labour's Jeremy Corbyn arrives to take part in a Labour party leadership final debate.
The gap before talks begin in earnest in June gave her a "window of opportunity" to strengthen her hand by improving her slim 17-seat majority and pushing the next election date back to 2022, by which time the United Kingdom should have long ago left the EU.
The General Election campaign is officially underway - and the newspapers have wasted no time in compiling their wish lists. "It's about ... getting the right deal from Europe", May said.
Daniel Kawczynski, who represents the Shrewsbury and Atcham constituency, said that the Prime Minister could not risk entering into negotiations over Brexit with a general election hanging over her.
Fifty-eight per cent of voters agreed that opposition parties were doing more harm than good, and 68pc said the election would provide more stability.
Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said that broadcasters should hold debates anyway, with an empty chair in May's place. "Now they can only see one result from the General Election - a large Conservative win".
The Prime Minister called for an early election yesterday following division within Westminster over the government's Brexit plans. But they can not be allowed to foist upon the country a leader they do not even trust themselves. With this outcome being extremely unlikely, the most one can hope for is that the election will soften the blow from Brexit.
Riding high in the opinion polls, May is seeking to increase her slim majority of 17 in the 650-seat Commons before the battles begin with the European Union over Britain's exit bill and future trade and immigration ties.
When asked in an ITV television interview whether Corbyn was a realistic candidate as prime minister, Labour lawmaker Helen Goodman said: "I don't think that this election is about changing the government".
But 80pc said they would be vote the same as they did in the previous election.
After a series of electoral twists and turns, the country suddenly faces the realistic prospect of five years of undisturbed May-led Conservative rule (backed up by a thumping three-figure majority, if certain pollsters are to be believed).
A number of MPs abstained from Wednesday's vote, including those with the Scottish National Party. A new mandate would allow May to put significant distance between her own government and the lingering bad taste of David Cameron's, who as we all remember spearheaded the unsuccessful Remain campaign.