Campaign begins as UK MPs vote for early election

AFP  Getty Images              Brexit business British Prime Minister Theresa May met with European Council President Donald Tusk in April

British lawmakers last night overwhelmingly backed Prime Minister Theresa May's call for a snap election, paving the way for a June vote she hopes will give her a "mandate to complete Brexit".

The European Parliament's Brexit chief has accused Theresa May of a "power grab" motivated by "opportunism" after the Prime Minister made a decision to call an early general election.

A large majority for the Tories would strengthen the Government's hand in negotiating a good Brexit deal and provide "strong and stable leadership in the national interest", she said.

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party, has promised to "overturn the rigged system" by placing power and wealth back in the hands of "the people".

May's Conservative Party holds a slim majority in Parliament's lower House of Commons and May is banking on gaining a greater share of the seats to make Brexit a smoother transition for her government.

Antonio Tajani, the new President of the European Parliament, has told Sky News that Theresa May's decision to call a snap General Election could help the Brexit negotiations. According to the most recent Guardian/ICM and Times/YouGov polls, PM May's Conservatives own a 21 and 18 point lead, respectively, over the Labour party.

"The prime minister's attempt to dodge scrutiny shows how she holds the public in contempt", he said. He said that it's a fact that polls are putting labour behind in race and that's why Theresa May smells that she can extend her majority in the parliament from around 17 to almost 100 but "she's mistaken".

The Prime Minister had just delivered a speech to a crowd of local party members and the media in Walmsley - a village in the Labour seat of Bolton North East.

"This election is about her government's failure to rebuild the economy and living standards for the majority", he said.

European Union officials say Britain's surprise election will not interrupt the bloc's preparations for Brexit talks " though they will slightly delay the start of negotiations.

"Under the (Brexit) treaty everything under the treaty is under the court", Mr Tajani said.

Antonio Tajani met May at 10 Downing St. on Thursday to discuss European Union lawmakers' goals for the talks, which are due to start after Britain's June 8 election.

A debate would also see May challenged over her handling of Brexit, where she has steadfastly refused to share even the slightest shadow of her plans with the country or parliament until she was forced to by the courts.

"And we [will] know the real situation in the United Kingdom, we [will] know the government...it's better for us to work with the same government and not with a potential election campaign", he added.

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