Back to the ballot box: United Kingdom lawmakers approve June 8 election

Last year's vote to leave the European Union split Labour's traditional supporter base, which is divided between typically pro-EU inner city voters, and working-class voters in less affluent areas who voted in favor of Brexit.

Experts predict that her ruling Conservative Party could win around 100 more seats at the election on 8 June, which should bolster support for her Brexit plan - a prospect that has strengthened the pound.

The main opposition Labour Party welcomed May's election call, meaning that it is nearly a foregone conclusion that May will obtain the two thirds support she needs in the House of Commons for the election to be held.

"Theresa May feels strong, so she's calling a vote to capitalise on the weakness of others".

"We welcome the general election", Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said amid laughter.

Including the pledges in the manifesto would make it extremely hard for Remain-backing Tory MPs to rebel on the issues in House of Commons votes if the party wins the snap election on June 8 and as exit talks go on.

"That would be in nobody's interest", May said. The law requires that the British Parliament must be dissolved every five years maximum and new elections held. Its lawmakers abstained during Wednesday's vote.

Labour leader Corbyn welcomed May's calls for an early election, however, saying it will "give the British people the chance to vote for a government that will put the interests of the majority first".

The veteran left-winger will position himself as a populist political outsider, and contrast himself with the Conservative party "divide and rule tricks".

The constituency was held by Labour from 1997-2005 and is the party's top target seat in London, needing just a 0.2% swing to overturn Conservative Gavin Barwell's wafer-thin majority of 165.

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"When you are trying to say "I speak for Britain", you've got to get out there and listen to what Britain says back to you and argue your case".

In her speech on Tuesday at the door of 10 Downing Street, May made it clear why she wanted an early election.

With Brexit, a second Scottish independence referendum and the possibility of a coup against Corbyn looming, this election appears crucial to the future of the UK.

A Parliament packed with conservatives could also give May political cover if, as some analysts predict, the British economy takes a hit when it leaves the EU. "Hard-line eurosceptic backbenchers will struggle to oppose her if she wants to soften Brexit in some areas; equally, a weak opposition will struggle to prevent a hardening in others if that's what she chooses", says Irwin. May added that securing the "right deal" with Brussels for Britain is her priority.

Theresa May will reportedly include her Brexit negotiating priorities in the Conservative General Election manifesto to lock Remain-backing Tory MPs and the House of Lords into backing her stance.

The 52-year-old investment manager will encourage voters to cross party lines and vote tactically on 8 June to elect MPs who will reject an European Union deal which is not in Britain's interests.

The prime minister formally ruled out taking part in televised head to head debates before the June 8 election in a BBC interview yesterday.

Political leaders' TV debates featured in the last two general elections, in 2010 and 2015.

May, who has described herself as "not a showy politician", also said she would not take part in television debates before the election, preferring to talk directly to voters.

And Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood - whose profile received a major boost from her involvement in two of the 2015 broadcasts - said: "Theresa May should be empty chaired if she doesn't show up to any planned TV debates".

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