Back to the ballot box: United Kingdom lawmakers approve June 8 election

21 April, 2017, 21:44 | Author: Leticia Walters

"She says that [the election] is about leadership, yet she refuses to defend her record in television debates", he said.

Defeated by last year's referendum to quit the European Union, which was won by 52 percent to 48 percent, EU supporters outside of Scotland in fact have few options except for the Liberal Democrats.

Mr Carswell, who said he would vote Conservative in the election, said he had achieved what he had set out to do in politics by helping to secure Brexit. A recent test of polls put the Conservatives on 43% of the vote and Labour on 27% - a Tory lead of 16 points.

British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks during Prime Ministers questions in the House of Commons in London.

In Scotland, the Scottish National Party is the dominant force and is advocating an independence referendum to hold on to strong ties with Europe.

The smaller Liberal Democrats, who lost most of their seats in 2015 after entering coalition with the Conservatives, are hoping to capitalize on their strong support for the European Union to win new support.

Corbyn said years of Conservative austerity had led to falling living standards and called May "a prime minister who can't be trusted".

May made a unexpected announcement Tuesday that she would seek a "snap" election less than halfway through her government's five-year term, with the aim of gaining a stronger mandate for the country's historic withdrawal from the European Union. "The damage to the country will be huge if we end up with an unrestrained "Brexit At Any Cost" majority".

Ten of the 100 seats with the highest Remain vote last June are in the North of England, two of which are now held by the Liberal Democrats and seven by Labour. "I am asking them to put their trust in me and if they do that, if they give me a mandate for these negotiations for the plan for Brexit that the Government has, the plan for a stronger Britain beyond Brexit that we have, then I think that will strengthen our hand", 61-year-old May said.

Deutsche Bank economists said they were changing their view on the pound following May's election call. But if her Conservative Party faces one potential snag in its march towards victory, it could be in places like Lewes, a small town beneath a picturesque castle in the hills near England's southern coast.

We also asked which party you would vote for in a General Election.

UKIP has placed third in all three of the area's votes last time out - the party's best result yet in Weston, North Somerset and Wells. 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.

There could be some good news for Europhiles, however.

Having ruled out an early election, Mrs May is now gambling on winning a bigger majority that could help her push through a divorce deal with Brussels by 2019 despite divisions within Britain, and in her own party.

She said Brexit was one of the leading issues for voters in the town, which had a Lib Dem member of parliament for almost two decades until Maria Caulfield, a former nurse, narrowly won the seat for the Conservatives in 2015.

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