May wins Parliament's backing for June 8 snap poll

20 April, 2017, 11:29 | Author: Benny Bass

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said that if the "parliamentary arithmetic" supported it she would form a "progressive alliance" to keep Prime Minister Theresa May from returning to power.

The House of Commons backed the prime minister by a margin of 522 votes to 13, above the two-thirds majority needed, as Labour and the Lib Dems supported the move. In 2010 and 2015 the number of young and first time voters going to the polls was up on previous elections.

Downing Street said the June election will not affect May's Brexit timetable.

"We believe in the short term, pound will continue to rise against the greenback and other currencies, including the ringgit, as much of the sentiment-driven depreciation after last year's historic referendum of the United Kingdom to leave the European Union made the pound look undervalued fundamentally", the brokerage explained in a note to its clients. The talks are expected to be hard.

She said the Conservatives would provide "strong and stable leadership" for Brexit and beyond, and promising to wage "a positive and optimistic campaign".

Senior lecturer in politics at the University of York, Dr. Sofia Vasilopoulou, said: "It is a good opportunity to put Conservative party divisions on ice in the interest of winning the general election".

Another general election in the United Kingdom wasn't scheduled until 2020, hence the need for a Parliamentary vote.

Corbyn condemned May's reluctance to participate in a televised debate with other party leaders before the election, as has Tim Farron, the leader of another opposition party, the centrist, pro-Europe Liberal Democrats.

The apparent concession comes after Mrs May faced taunts of "frit" from Labour backbenchers at Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons, as leader Jeremy Corbyn accused her of running scared of scrutiny on her record.

But George Osborne, the Conservative former chancellor of the Exchequer, will not run again, according to The London Evening Standard, the newspaper that has hired Osborne as its new editor.

But Theresa May's decision to call a snap general election little more than a month later on June 8 put that in doubt.

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.

Michelle Thomson and Natalie McGarry, the two Nationalist MPs who resigned the SNP whip following separate police investigations, were among the MPs to vote against an election.

Under current legislation, parliaments have to sit for five years before new elections take place.

British Prime Minister Theresa May reacts during the debate.

They also say that a big victory for May will dilute the influence of those lawmakers pushing for a "hard Brexit" as well as strengthening May's overall negotiating stance. "No deal is better than a bad deal" they keep telling us, and the drones who rote learn their political opinions from the tabloid press have mindlessly regurgitated it millions of times between them to anyone unfortunate enough to have to listen to them or read their pitifully unoriginal blabberings online.it has a nice rhyming cadence, it's easy to memorise, and it's easy to regurgitate without even thinking about the incredible complexity of what a chaotic "no deal" strop out of the European Union would actually entail.

"Are we going to be a country that gives riches and makes riches for all of us or are we going to be a country that works only to make the richest even richer?"

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