UK Parliament votes to hold early general election

The "real political" negotiations on Britain's exit from the European Union will start after the snap British election in June, European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said Wednesday.

European Union officials say Britain's surprise election will not interrupt the bloc's preparations for Brexit talks - though they will slightly delay the start of negotiations.

"They have a leader who hasn't persuaded many people he'd make a good prime minister, who struggles to maintain his authority over the party, which is itself divided on the issue on which the prime minister wants to fight the election - Brexit".

In Kent, Labour needs to send a strong message after falling behind Ukip as the main party of opposition to the Conservatives last time out in 2013.

Ms May said that funding was now "not fair across the country", and added: "We have consulted on [the national funding formula] and will obviously be responding to that consultation". Britain's Prime Minister, Theresa May, announced Tuesday a snap general election to be held on June 8. "That is what this is about", she said.

Steve McCabe, a Birmingham Labour MP since 1997, said: "It shows that her word is worthless".

Eloise Todd, director of the Best for Britain campaign, said the movement will support different parties and organisations, adding: "We are not party political".

"Her motive is clear".

"Recently I've found people more pleasant than in recent years", he said. Nothing is going to top that if she continues in Parliament.

"Markets tend to like a stronger government - they are predicting one in the United Kingdom due to the apparent weaker situation Labour is in - and we have seen in Turkey what a similar situation can do for the currency".

Under the terms of the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act, Mrs May must secure a two-thirds majority of MPs to bring the election forward by three years from the scheduled date of May 2020.

A handful of Labour MPs in the chamber did not leave their seats to vote, while the SNP also abstained.

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Ms May said the election was about "leadership and stability" ahead of the Brexit talks.

The decision means that the election campaign can now begin in earnest.

"She is not a safe pair of hands, she is running the country down, and we won't allow her to hide from her record during an election by making it all about her Brexit negotiation".

The House of Commons backed the poll by 522 votes to just 13.

Four other backbenchers raised the issue of school funding during the session, including Conservative Michelle Donelan, who asked the prime minister to reaffirm her commitment to fair funding for school.

She said: "We need a General Election and we need one now". Labour's division on Brexit is something May hopes will solidify her position.

"Labour have threatened to vote against the final agreement we reach".

"There will be no second referendum".

Ms Dugdale has started writing to Labour members asking them if they would like to consider being a candidate.

Sir Vince, who served as former business secretary in the coalition government from 2010-2015, is one of a batch of Lib Dems who have confirmed they will stand again in the upcoming election.

Some high profile MPs will be standing down at the election.

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