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EU says Brexit talks will start after British election

The PM argues a vote is needed to prevent opposition parties 'frustrating' Brexit Image The PM argues a vote is needed to prevent opposition parties 'frustrating' Brexit
Eleena Tovar | 21 Abril, 2017, 00:28

A two-thirds majority of MPs must agree to a move that will shorten the lifespan of a parliament.

The 85-year-old asked: "Will the Prime Minster give a guarantee that no Tory MP - who is under investigation by the police and the legal authorities over election expenses in the last General Election - be a candidate in this election?"

She passed the required minimum needed of 434 MPs in support, after opposition MPs, mainly from Labour and the Liberal Democrats, voted in favor of an election.

Earlier Wednesday, May defended her decision to call an early election - two years after the most recent and three years before the next on scheduled in 2020.

May repeated her reasons for calling the mid-term poll, insisting that opposition parties and the House of Lords were allegedly a hurdle to her government securing a good deal for Britain from Brussels.

She said that "Brexit isn't just about the letter that says we want to leave".

"I trust the British public".

She said a general election will provide Britain with five years of strong and stable leadership to see the country through its negotiations with the European Union to make sure "we are able to make a success of the European Union referendum result".

The Scottish National Party say they will vote against the legislation that formally repeals Britain's membership of the European Union. "She has chosen this election because she looked across the Despatch Box and she could not resist the temptation of doing the political equivalent of taking candy from a baby and facing a Labour Party in a general election", Farron said. Just last month, her official spokesperson categorically insisted that no election would take place.

The House of Commons can pave the way for an early vote by approving it with a two-thirds majority, or it can defeat the prime minister in a vote of confidence and have that result stand for two weeks. While promising to run a "positive and optimistic campaign", she said the choice at the election was between her "strong and stable leadership" or a "coalition of chaos" led by Mr Corbyn.

A victory would give May a powerful mandate extending until 2022, long enough to cover the Brexit negotiations plus a possible transition period into new trading arrangements with the EU.

"The negotiations were meant to start in June regardless of the United Kingdom government (election) decision", he said when a journalist recalled the all-clear for negotiations is planned for late May.

He said: "The Prime Minister and her cabinet have decided they want to have an election and within the constraints of the fixed parliament act, which I hope we will eventually get rid of, there has to be a vote in parliament". "The country is coming together, but Westminster is not".

"Governments always like larger majorities, but they don't necessarily lead to better government".

Opening the debate on the motion to authorise the snap poll, Mrs May said it was time "put our fate in the hands of the people and let the people decide".