>> The ayes have it, the ayes have it.>> UK Lawmakers voting overwhelmingly on Wednesday to allow a general election, with 522 MPs voting for the poll and only 13 against. Prime Minister Theresa May put forward the idea of an early election Tuesday. Hoping victory will mean a stronger personal mandate as she embarks on Brexit talks.
The vote will be held on Thursday, June 8th in just over 50 days time. May took over as leader without an election during the political turmoil which followed Britain's vote to leave the European Union last June. A general election wasn't due to be held until 2020. Now, some MPs say May has broken her word by calling it early.
>> Yet, is refusing to defend her record in television debates.>> Other critics attacking her for refusing to take part in televised debates during campaigning. May saying her priority was to get out and meet voters instead.>> She is confident enough to call a general election against Jeremy Corbyn because she thinks it's the political equivalent to stealing candy from a baby.
She's not confident enough to actually debate, the likes of myself and others on the issues that actually matter. I think it shows a lack of confidence in the courage of her convictions.>> The main opposition Liberal Party, have welcomed the election, despite opinion polls suggesting May's conservatives enjoy a huge lead over any rivals.
>> And we will be out there fighting for every vote.>> No complacency from the conservative leader though, despite UK newspapers already betting her party will win by a significant margin. The Times running with the headline, May heads for election landslide. Whatever the result, Brexit is likely to be at the forefront of all political debates until June 8th and beyond.