Kenny speaks to May on phone following snap election announcement

Even the parties try to campaign away from the issue of Brexit, everything they say will be viewed through the lens of Britain's departure from the European Union.

May said that if there is not an election soon, "the negotiations with the European Union will reach their most hard stage in the run-up to the next scheduled election".

It also suits the Liberal Democrats for this election to focus on Brexit.

MPs must approve decision to dissolve Parliament part-way through full term. "It will take investors some time to digest the effects of the election in the next few days". "But with a 'Brexit election" now called for 8 June, Labour will be fighting for its very survival.

May, who commands only a slim majority in parliament's lower House of Commons, said that a new mandate would strengthen her hand in Brexit talks.

The PM made the announcement outside 10 Downing Street shortly after 11am this morning.

"There should be unity here in Westminster, but instead there is division". This will be a verdict on May, her version of Brexit and her vision for the country.

"As a country we must come together and we need a strong parliament that can embrace a new relationship with our European partners".

It also has a record of success in local elections in the city where it now shares control of the council with the Conservatives.

The Conservatives now have a working majority of just 17 from the last election in 2015 and some of their MPs have indicated they could vote against the government on key aspects of Brexit legislation. May comfortably ahead of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, polls at the time of the previous elections (and the European Union referendum) had proved to be fairly unreliable indicators.

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Well, here, the outlook is much brighter for those who call the election.

Asked: Is the prospect of a slowing economy a reason for an early vote?

The prime minister had previously said categorically that the next general election would be held as scheduled in 2020; many Conservative party backbenchers had also shown little enthusiasm for an early vote.

"The choice at this election is already clear: strong and stable leadership in the national interest with Theresa May and the Conservatives, or weak and unstable coalition government led by Jeremy Corbyn", the spokesman said.

The Liberal Democrats and Green Party have called for a second referendum, so either of those parties would have to win or form a government for there to be any chance.

The FTSE 100, often volatile on news that brings any uncertainty, endured its biggest one-day fall since June 27th - just after the European Union referendum. "We are ready. Early June was always the calendar".

May became the first foreign leader to meet with Trump at the White House when she visited in late January.

And we know that the country wants to quit the EU.

"Our lobbying work continues in the United Kingdom, in Brussels and in capital cities across the European Union (EU), and we need the entire industry and all stakeholders to work with us to achieve our goal".

"The UK elections do not change our EU27 plans", he said.


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