UK prime minister defends decision to seek snap election

Britain is set to go to the polls on June 8 after an overwhelming majority of MPs backed Prime Minister Theresa May's call to hold a general election on that date.

Ahead of the vote, May bumped heads with MPs as they deliberated bringing forward the election from 2020.

Experts predict that her ruling Conservative Party could win around 100 more seats at the election on June 8, which should bolster support for her Brexit plan - a prospect that has strengthened the pound. At the same time, a large parliamentary majority might give May more leeway to make compromises during the Brexit negotiations, because she will be less vulnerable to pressure from hardline Brexiteers.

She accused opposition MPs of trying to thwart the Brexit process.

In company news Wednesday, shares in luxury fashion brand Burberry slumped 5 percent to 1,614 pence as analysts predict a possible end to the group's recent run higher.

Yesterday, Prime Minister Theresa May's announcement that she would be holding a snap election on June 8 took the public, the media, and many of her own ministers utterly by surprise. Questions should be raised over the sustainability of the current Sterling rally, especially when considering how political uncertainties and Brexit woes remain current.

The UK's withdrawal from the European Union and the negotiations that will decide upon the terms is the crucial issue to voters at the moment.

If May fails to win a big majority, her authority within the Conservative Party will be weakened.

The Lib Dems lost 49 seats in 2015 and now have just nine left.

Analysis of polling data conducted by the Times newspaper showed May could win a landslide majority of 114 seats, up from the Conservatives' 12-seat victory in 2015.

Corbyn later ruled out any post-election coalition with the Scottish National Party. Forecasts of the number of Labour MPs that will be left vary from 150 to 182, well down on its nearly 230 MPs at present.

Speaking to BBC radio, McDonnell said those on wages "above £70,000 to £80,000 a year" should pay their way more.

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

The result of the 2017 general election may be less shocking than its sudden arrival.

Both Labour and Liberal Democrats have officially welcomed the early poll and are expected to back it in Wednesday afternoon's vote.

During a special debate in theHouse of Commons, she said it was the "right and responsible" thing to do hold the election now to provide "five years of stability and certainty" and help the United Kingdom prepare for life outside the EU.

She said the Conservatives would provide "strong and stable leadership" for Brexit and beyond, and promising to wage "a positive and optimistic campaign".

By cynically breaking her promises, May could badly erode the public's trust in her.

It's not the only U-turn the government has made recently.

"How dare they crash the economy with their recklessness and greed, and then punish those who had nothing to do with it", he will say.

"The election gives the British people the chance to change direction".

Osborne confirmed he would not be seeking re-election in a letter to the Tory party. He said: "she says its about leadership but she refuses to defend her record in a TV debate".

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