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European Parliament chief: United Kingdom election 'good for EU

22 April 2017

There were also a number of abstentions.

The prime minister, who will make her first campaign stop in the north-west of England later, is hoping to significantly boost her current Commons majority of 17 to increase her authority, ahead of 18 months of talks which will determine the manner of the UK's exit from the EU.

In Edinburgh, the First Minister of Scotland and leader of the Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP) Nicola Sturgeon said the SNP is the only party standing in the way of a Conservative majority "because it is "pie in the sky" to think Labour can win alone".

Since being fired by Theresa May, Osborne has earned lucrative speaking fees and taken on an advisory role for American investment giant Blackrock.

She said on Tuesday she had "reluctantly" come to the decision to call for an early election because of political division in Westminster, criticizing opposition parties for trying to thwart her plans for leaving the EU. May has been insisting until days ago that she had no intention of calling an early election.

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May says politicians should "put our fate in the hands of the people and then let the people decide".

Today, they voted 522 to 13 in favor of holding the snap elections on June 8. Labour said it will vote in favour of a new election, meaning she should be able to get it through.

European Union leaders will meet in Brussels on April 29 to formally approve guidelines for the negotiations.

He said United Kingdom polls have a history of being very inaccurate and warned that Theresa May's decision to hold the snap General Election "isn't risk free".

May, Britain's second female prime minister, also has strong popular support for her handling of the political natural disaster unleashed by Brexit.

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British Prime Minister Theresa May (L) meets with President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani at 10 Downing Street in London, Britain on April 20, 2017. Demmer said Wednesday: "The German government assumes that the negotiations can be continued without disruption".

May, previously the interior minister, took over as prime minister for David Cameron, who resigned previous year after voters said Yes to Brexit. He added: "If it isn't a triumphant success, it will be to some extent a personal failure".

"It is critical that in going into the most significant negotiations in this country for a generation that the Prime Minister has as strong a hand as possible".

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. That should help her negotiate a strong Brexit deal.

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. This narrative would certainly explain why financial markets have bid up the pound since the snap election announcement.

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European Parliament chief: United Kingdom election 'good for EU