MP's back June UK election

May stated these polls is in the country's "national interest" and will strengthen her hand in the complex Brexit negotiations.

Local Labour Member of the European Parliament Alex Mayer, however, has welcomed the announcement of an early general election as the flawless opportunity to take the fight to the Conservatives.

He dismissed Mrs May's argument that she needs a fresh mandate to deliver Brexit, and said it was "extremely interesting" she had called for an election as the Crown Prosecution Service decides whether to press charges against a number of Tory MPs over allegations relating to 2015 election expenses.

"If [May] won't accept that, this is the most squalid election campaign that has happened in my lifetime".

And a month ago, she told her spokesperson to rule out a General Election, and that wasn't true either.

Mr Flanagan said: "This announcement does not change the Government's commitment to ensuring the best possible outcome for Ireland in the upcoming Brexit negotiations where we will negotiate from a position of strength as one of the European Union 27".

The research showed younger voters were the least happy about the 2017 general election, with 38% of 18 to 25-year-olds supporting it compared to 65% of over-65s.

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What's more, it means she is no longer prime minister by default after replacing David Cameron last July.

It's clear that Cooper's words have resonated with May's critics.

Among the MPs who voted against the election was Labour's Clive Lewis, who is widely regarded as a potential successor to Jeremy Corbyn as party leader. "It's about. getting the right deal from Europe", she said.

Ms May surprised allies and opponents on Tuesday when she announced her plan to bring forward an election that was not due until 2020, saying she needed to avoid a clash of priorities in the sensitive final stages of the two-year Brexit talks.

"How can any voter trust what the prime minister says?"

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

Though May has been cautious in detailing her Brexit aspirations, traders think a big victory for her in the election could give her ammunition in dealing with those within her own Conservative Party who are urging a complete, "hard" divorce from the European Union - even if that means new tariffs and an exclusion from the bloc's huge single market.

The current Parliament will dissolve on June 3.

Britain's next election had been scheduled for May 2020, but a two-thirds majority vote in parliament could overrule that in Wednesday's vote, which British media reported could come at around 1300 GMT after an hour and a half of debate.

During the exchanges in the House, Corbyn sought to turn the debate to non-Brexit issues such as health, employment, funding cuts and education, while May and her party's focus was on Brexit.

The lawmakers approved the proposal, 522-13, after 90 minutes of debate to move the election up three years in a bid by the Conservative Party to expand its role in government and give better clout in negotiating Brexit. In a shock announcement, Theresa May says that she will ask the House of Commons on Wednesday to back her election call.

The other big projected winners are the Liberal Democrats, who are expected to win over four times as many seats as they did in 2015.

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