Britain’s parliament has voted by 522 to 13 in favour of Prime Minister Theresa May’s plan to hold an early national election.
Britain had not been due to hold a national election until 2020 but May said on Tuesday she wanted to bring that forward to June 8.
This year in order to strengthen her hand in Brexit negotiations with the European Union.
She needed to win the backing of more than two thirds of parliament’s 650 members in order to hold an early election.
Earlier, under electoral law, May must win a two thirds majority in a parliamentary vote due to be held later on Wednesday before she can officially call an early election. May is expected to win the vote, and wants to hold an election on June 8.
‘I believe that at this moment of enormous national significance there should be unity here in Westminster not division,’ May told parliament. ‘That’s why it is the right and responsible thing for all of us here today to vote for a general election.’
Earlier Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the public ‘cannot trust’ May as the two clashed over the snap election.
Corbyn told MPs the Tories had ‘broken promises’ on the NHS and the deficit and ‘starved’ schools of money while cutting tax for the rich.
The prime minister said Labour would ‘bankrupt’ the UK and only the Tories could ensure a ‘strong economy and defence’ and make a success of Brexit.
May said she will ‘fight for every vote’ in the election, saying the mandate a victory would hand her would give her the ‘strongest hand’ in EU withdrawal talks and make it hard for people to ‘frustrate’ the process.