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Tory support at 9-year high

22 April 2017

She said the snap election would strengthen the government's hand in negotiations to leave the European Union.

CGTN's Richard Bestic reports from London.

The result easily surpasses the two-thirds majority of the 650 lawmakers needed to trigger an early vote.

"In recent weeks Labour have threatened to vote against the final agreement we reach with the EU, the Liberal Democrats have said they want to grind the business of government to a standstill, the SNP say they will vote against the legislation that formally repeals Britain's membership of the EU", May explained.

The next general election had been expected in 2020, but the Fixed Term Parliaments Act allows for one to be held earlier if it has the support of two-thirds of MPs.

With British voters going to the polls on June 8, the big parties did not want to waste any time ahead of the official launches of their election manifestos.

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While Ms May wants a personal mandate from a United Kingdom majority for the Tories, Ms Sturgeon said a victory north of the border for the SNP strengthens her case for a second referendum, for which the Prime Minister has refused permission.

Britain's next national election had not been due until for 2020, a year after the scheduled completion of two years of European Union exit talks.

Polls suggest the ruling Conservative Party stands to significantly expand its slim, 17-seat majority in the House of Commons.

"The Prime Minister talks about a strong economy, but the truth is most people are worse off than they were when the Conservatives came to power seven years ago".

She came to power when the previous Prime Minister David Cameron stepped down after the Brexit vote past year.

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In Bolton, Mrs May said the country now has a "unity of purpose" and a desire for the Government to "get on" with implementing Brexit and "making a success of it".

Former Premier Tony Blair today predicted defeat for Jeremy Corbyn but called for a cross-party movement to tie Theresa May's hands during Brexit negotiations.

May continues to be the favored choice for prime minister, with 54 percent of people preferring her to Labour's Jeremy Corbyn, who is backed by 15 percent of voters.

Corbyn, a socialist who has pledged higher taxes on the wealthy and a crackdown on powerful corporations, said on Thursday that he would prove wrong the election experts who predict his party will see a collapse in support. "It's about ... getting the right deal from Europe".

After the speech, a spokeswoman for the leader said Labour's position, backing a "meaningful vote" in Parliament, had not changed but did not explicitly rule out a second referendum.

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