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Britain's main opposition gears up for June 8 elections

11 May 2017

Before May's surprise decision to call a vote, the next election had been scheduled for May 2020, little over a year after the date on which the U.K.is expected to leave the EU. A two-thirds majority of MPs must agree to a move that will shorten the lifespan of a parliament.

LONDON (AP) — Facing steep odds and low popularity ratings, Britain's main opposition leader launched his election campaign on Thursday, painting himself as a populist outsider who will overturn a "rigged" political and economic system.

May has already won approval from Queen Elizabeth for the snap election. "It's about. getting the right deal from Europe", May said.

"But I think our British friends will lose more than what we lose, " she said.

"What we need now is a strong, unified party leading the country, which speaks to and connects with all sectors of society and shows it has clear and strategic plans in place on overseas trade, foreign policy and of course implementing Brexit".

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"A general election will provide the country with five years of strong and stable leadership to see us through the negotiations and ensure we are able to go on to make a success as a result, and that is crucial".

She said she would introduce legislation on Wednesday to pave the way for the early election. With the Labour Party now, and for the foreseeable future, being in disarray with an unelectable Leader, and head-in- the-sand attitude towards uncontrolled migration, borders and loss of national Sovereignty, her prospect of winning the election with a greatly increased majority is looking very promising.

May's Conservatives now hold 330 of the 650 seats in the House of Commons.

In fiery exchanges in the House of Commons on Wednesday, May said an early election would strengthen her hand against domestic critics seeking to "frustrate the process" of Brexit, which formally began last month. Cameron won his unexpected, if small, majority in Parliament in 2015, and soon afterward Labour took a hard left turn, electing Corbyn as its leader.

"There should be unity here in Westminster, but instead there is division", May said Tuesday, according to CNN.

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"They want to unite together to divide our country and we will not let them do it".

"We've set out our lines on negotiation".

There has been widespread public support for Monday's decision, while political experts have given mixed responses.

Ten of the 100 seats with the highest Remain vote last June are in the North of England, two of which are now held by the Liberal Democrats and seven by Labour. Since the European Union referendum last summer, our market surveys across the residential, commercial and construction sectors show we have largely moved on from initial negative reactions but uncertainty continues to cloud the outlook and weigh on market sentiment.

"The Conservative Government, arrogantly, are presenting themselves as the only party with the national interest at heart".

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Labour's embattled Corbyn, meanwhile, faces speculation that a dismal performance in the election would spell the end of his time at the helm of the fractured 117-year-old party.

Britain's main opposition gears up for June 8 elections