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UK MPs get set to approve shock election

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 01:09

MPs in the UK are to vote on Prime Minister Theresa May's call for an early election. To pass, two thirds of MPs must agree to the poll, which is proposed for June 8. Saskia O'Donoghue reports

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UK MPs set to vote later Wednesday (April 19) on whether to allow a general election. Prime Minister Theresa May put forward the idea of an early poll Tuesday (April 18), hoping victory would mean a stronger personal mandate as she embarks on Brexit talks. May took over as leader without an election during the political turmoil which followed Britain's vote to leave the European Union last June. An election not due until 2020 under rules on fixed-term parliaments. Now an early poll will need the support of two-thirds of MPs. If approved, it will take place on June 8th - just over 50 days time. The main opposition Labour Party welcomed May's election call, making it almost a foregone conclusion that the eleciton willl go ahead. Opinion polls suggest May's Conservatives enjoy a huge lead over Labour with the opposition party likely to suffer losses in an election. UK newspapers agree. The Times running with the headline "May heads for election landslide". Whatever the result, the bigger question may be what it means for Brexit.

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UK MPs get set to approve shock election

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 01:09