April 19, 2017 / 1:56 PM / 3 months ago

UK parliament votes in favour of early national election

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A still image from a video footage shows Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May addressing the House of Commons in central London April 19, 2017. Parbul TV/Handout via Reuters TV

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's parliament voted by 522 to 13 on Wednesday in favour of Prime Minister Theresa May's plan to hold an early national election.

Britain had not been due to hold a national election until 2020 but May said on Tuesday she wanted to bring that forward to June 8 this year in order to strengthen her hand in Brexit negotiations with the European Union. [nL8N1HQ21C]

She needed to win the backing of more than two thirds of parliament's 650 members in order to hold an early election.

Reporting by Kylie MacLellan, editing by Elizabeth Piper

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