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May and Corbyn hit campaign trail as MPs back election

Manuel Armenta | 20 Abril, 2017, 05:04

The 509 majority is well above the two-thirds backing from MPs needed for the motion that there should be an early general election to pass in the House of Commons.

May formally notified the European Union on March 29 of Britain's intention to leave, and has said she is confident of reaching a deal on the terms of withdrawal in the two years available.

Britain is now gearing up for its third general election in seven years, which comes less than a year after the divisive referendum that decided the United Kingdom would withdraw from the EU. They say they would rather reject any deal than accept Brussels demands that Britain continue to submit to many European Union rules, for example on migration or judicial oversight, in return for market access.

Theresa May says she's not going to appear in any TV debates in the run up to the British election.

Yesterday, the Labour MP, who won the Norwich South seat from the Liberal Democrats two years ago with a majority of 7,654, had accused the prime minister of "cynical political opportunism".

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn faced down calls from some MPs at a Westminster meeting on Tuesday evening for the party to abstain in the hope of forcing Mrs May to call a vote of no confidence in her own government. The government's current working majority is only 17 seats.

They say a larger Conservative majority, if it emerges on June 8, makes the "deadline to deliver a "clean" Brexit without a lengthy transitional arrangement by 2019 far less pressing given that no general election will be due the year after".

Juncker's spokesman said the election would not delay the start of negotiations, which the Commission's chief negotiator Michel Barnier has previously said would start in early June.

By contrast Labour is wracked by divisions, over Brexit and Corbyn's left-wing leadership, which is opposed by many of his more centrist MPs.

May is facing heavy fire for calling the election, especially from Labour's Jeremy Corbyn.

"What do we know that the leader of the Labour Party, the leader of the Liberal Democrats and the leader of the Scottish nationalists have in common?" she asked parliament.

May also told the BBC that her political opponents were intent on "frustrating the Brexit process" " even after Parliament authorized divorce talks with the EU. "It's about. getting the right deal from Europe", May said.

The polling date is set for the 8th of June after MPs approved it by 522 votes to 13.

Following considerable wrangling over formats, the 2015 election campaign saw one debate featuring Mr Cameron and Mr Clegg alongside Labour's Ed Miliband and leaders of Ukip, the Scottish National Party, Greens and Plaid Cymru, as well as a second debate with the five non-coalition parties and programmes in which Mr Cameron, Mr Clegg and Mr Miliband answered questions but did not debate face-to-face.

"This election is a chance to change the direction of the country".

May, who has described herself as "not a showy politician", said she would rather talk directly to voters.

"The prime minister's attempt to dodge scrutiny shows how she holds the public in contempt", he said.

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said that broadcasters should hold debates anyway, with an empty chair in May's place.