UK prime minister defends decision to seek snap election

Opinion polls put the Tories 20 points ahead of Labour and she is expected to increase her majority from 17. After the snap election was announced, she brought forward the decision and will now stand down this year instead.

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.

The calculation from the Tories will be that, after the leave vote in Wales, there will be large numbers of people prepared to give Theresa May a mandate to do exactly that.

"The GP Forward View has support from across the political spectrum and promises an extra £2.4bn extra a year for general practice in England, plus 5,000 more Global Positioning System and 5,000 more members of the practice team by 2020".

Fund management company Schroder Investment said a "softer" Brexit seemed more likely now with May having called for a snap election in June.

May had been on the losing side of the European Union referendum last June, and next month would be time to "give the Tories another election shock", he said.

May returned from an Easter break in the Welsh mountains to announce that she would make a televised statement on an undisclosed subject early Tuesday outside 10 Downing St. Speculation swirled and the pound plunged against the dollar amid uncertainty about whether she planned to resign, call an election or even declare war. "You have a moral duty to hold these debates", he said.

"That's what I have always believed in, it's what I still believe and I still do it - as Prime Minister, as a constituency MP, I still go out and knock on doors in my constituency". Demmer said Wednesday: "The German government assumes that the negotiations can be continued without disruption".

"With a larger majority, it seems more likely that whatever deal Mrs May eventually negotiates with the rest of the European Union will be rubber-stamped by Parliament". It's something that critics have thrown at her along the way as she has put herself at the front of the Brexit - a process that has pegged itself on giving control back to the British Parliament and people.

Responding to ITV's announcement, Mr Corbyn said: "I welcome ITV's decision to attempt to hold a TV debate with the Prime Minister".

Elmar Brok, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right Christian Democrats, told Germany's ARD television Wednesday that May could derive from a new, stronger mandate an "ability to compromise".

(/PA via AP). Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon leaves Bute House in Edinburgh Tuesday April 18, 2017.

"With a snap General Election now called, businesses will be looking to each political party to set out their plans to support economic stability and prosperity over the next Parliament in a way that is fair and sustainable for communities across the United Kingdom", she said.

Brok said that could help "so that we can conduct the negotiations professionally in the next 1 ½ years to reach a sensible result that reduces the damage".

"In many ways it would mean that we have probably got more chance of a softer Brexit. I hope the former will be the case".

In Bolton, Mrs May said the country now has a "unity of purpose" and a desire for the Government to "get on" with implementing Brexit and "making a success of it".

Willie Rennie of the Liberal Democrats hit out at the Prime Minister's decision not to take part in the debates.

Speaking on Facebook, Nick Coyne said: "Let's see how her Brexit negotiations go first, then have an election".

With Mrs May needing the support of 434 MPs - two thirds of all seats in the House of Commons - some 522 voted for the early election, with just 13 against.

Elections are now set for 2020, just a year after the scheduled completion of Brexit talks.

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