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Labour said it will vote in favor of a new election, meaning she should be able to get it through.

In a statement focusing on her record locally, she said: "It has been my absolute pleasure to attend countless festivals and celebrations in our local shuls and community centres".

As an unelected, pro-Remain prime minister, she entered 10 Downing Street under an unprecedented cloud of uncertainty.

"And the negotiations with the European Union will reach their most hard stage in the run-up to the next scheduled election". She said a "hard Brexit" must be rejected.

At present, May's governing Conservatives have a small majority, with 330 seats in the 650-seat House of Commons.

The weekend polls give Theresa May a 21 point lead, which could cost Labour seventy of its 232 seats, but the Liberal Democrats, with its strategy of opposing Brexit, could and should regain a significant number of the seats it lost in 2015.

She said Britain needed certainty, stability and strong leadership following the European Union referendum.

She's the Prime Minister, so why didn't she just call the election there and then?

But May said Tuesday she had "reluctantly" changed her mind.

The pound gained ground against both the dollar and euro on the announcement of the general election, although shares fell in London. She said, "I have concluded the only way to guarantee certainty and security for years ahead is to hold this election". The country is coming together, but Westminster is not.

He said: "We are in the midst of Brexit negotiations so this election will provide a flawless opportunity for the 52 per cent to vote for Ukip, the only party wholeheartedly committed to a clean quick and efficient Brexit".

Opposition politicians will have a multitude of legislative subsistence to utilise and exploit in order to make the Government's agenda look shambolic for no reason other than to convince the public that Brexit is wrong and that they know better.

Speaking to the BBC's World at One, he said: "This is about getting a mandate from the British people to deliver an outcome".

Theresa May is seeking to hold a General Election on 8 June arguing it is the only way to secure stability ahead of Brexit.

That is highly likely to happen on Wednesday.

Jeremy Corbyn welcomed Theresa May's call on Tuesday for an early general election, describing it as a chance for the British people to vote for a government that works for the majority.

Wyn Grant, politics professor at the University of Warwick, said: "Clearly if Labour suffer a big defeat, Corbyn is going to go".

Professor Christopher Bovis of Hull University Business School, said the election would have little impact on the United Kingdom economy. Every opinion poll points to a historically poor result for Labour, with the party facing the prospect of losing dozens of seats. "And as elections are so unpredictable, there is always the outside risk it could spark a reversal in the entire Brexit process".

The Scottish National Party now holds 54 of Scotland's 59 seats in the British Parliament, making it the third-largest party there.

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