General Election 2017: What happens now?

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British lawmakers have voted by a resounding 522 to 13 to back Prime Minister Theresa May's call for a national election on June 8.

Fifty per cent said they would vote Conservative, 25pc Labour, 11pc Liberal Democrats, 4pc Ukip and 68pc said they would vote the same as they did in the previous election.

With the Labour opposition weakened, May's gamble will probably pay off with an enhanced Conservative majority in Parliament - but it's unlikely to unite a country deeply split over the decision to quit the EU. The Labour MP for Middlesborough South said "irreconcilable differences" with the party's leadership had led to his decision.

Earlier, May had called on the electorate to trust her on her decision to call an early general election on June 8 as it will strengthen her hand in the complex Brexit negotiations.

"She understands that there is a lot of hard work ahead in an extremely short amount of time, but she is ready to fight and hopefully win an election", Mr Williamson added. "They underestimate our determination to get the job done and I am not prepared to let them endanger the security of millions of working people across the country". That would limit the scope for parliament to block or water down her plan for Britain to quit the European Union single market and to prioritise immigration control.

"Even though this outcome appears unlikely this time out, it remains a possibility and would represent the second major miscalculation by a PM in as many years", said David Cheetham, chief market analyst at XTB.

The backing of two thirds of the British parliament was needed to implement the move, created to strengthen the British government's position ahead of upcoming Brexit negotiations. The SNP MPs abstained in the vote.

An early election would therefore be the fourth big vote in four years after the general election of 2015.

Theresa May has promised to deliver "a strong economy, strong defence and strong, stable leadership" if Conservatives win the snap election.

May surprised allies and opponents on Tuesday when she announced her plan to bring forward an election that was not due until 2020, saying she needed to avoid a clash of priorities in the sensitive final stages of the two-year Brexit talks.

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The Prime Minister tells the world's media that she has returned from Buckingham Palace, ahead of a General Election that could guarantee May another five years in office.

Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in London, Tuesday April 18, 2017.

He asked the prime minister what she would cut, and which subject teachers she would sack.

She said the early ballot would strengthen Britain's negotiating hand with the 27-member EU.

May has told the House of Commons that holding a vote in June, rather than as scheduled in 2020, will give the country "certainty and stability" as it negotiates its departure from the European Union.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has rallied activists in key target seat Croydon Central with a speech in which he highlighted a string of recent policy promises to build council houses, help carers and boost the minimum wage. His party was nearly wiped out in the 2015 general election after colluding with the Tories for five years in a coalition government.

"In many ways it would mean that we have probably got more chance of a softer Brexit".

"Scottish Labour will be putting forward a positive vision for a fairer United Kingdom that rejects both the Tories' plans for a hard Brexit and the SNP's plans for a divisive second independence referendum".

"While no one in business wants uncertainty, everything has changed since the last election in 2015".