The British Parliament on Wednesday overwhelmingly backed Prime Minister Theresa May’s call for early elections on June 8 (UPI). The decision comes as Britain prepares to leave the European Union. The result easily surpassed the two-thirds majority of the 650 lawmakers needed to trigger an early vote, there were also a number of abstentions (CT). The outcome of Wednesday’s vote in Parliament was widely anticipated, even with the requirement of a two-thirds threshold to call a snap election.
“A general election is the best way to strengthen Britain’s hand in the negotiations ahead,” Mrs. May told lawmakers at the outset of the debate (NYT). May is hoping to gain a bigger majority in Parliament for her Conservatives, strengthening her negotiating hand with the EU. Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the main opposition Labor Party, said he backed May’s call for an early vote (Aljazeera). May could be forced to soften her vision of a “hard Brexit” stand if EU backers do well in the election (UPI).
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