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>> UKMP is set to vote later Wednesday on whether to allow a general election. Prime Minister Teresa May put forward the idea of an early poll Tuesday, hoping victory would mean a stronger personal mandate as she embarks on Brexit talks. May became a leader without an election during the political turmoil which followed Britain's vote to leave the European Union last June.
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An election not due until 2020 under rules on fixed-term parliaments. Now an early poll will need the support of two-thirds of MPs. If approved, it will take place on June 8th, just over 50 days time. Reuters UK bureau chief, Guy Faulconbridge, says May's motives are clear.>> She thinks that that will cement her power in London, both within the party, within the country and also it would strengthen her hand in relation to Brexit negotiations.
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So, Prime Minister Theresa May thinks she can win. She's looked at the polls. She's looked at the timing. She's looked at the Brexit timing and she's gong for it.>> The main opposition labor party welcomed May's election poll, making it almost a foregone conclusion that the election will go ahead.
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Though opinion polls suggest May's conservatives enjoy a huge lead over Labour, with the opposition party likely to suffer losses in an election.>> I think the Labour Party is in a very difficult position. The Labour Party is deeply split, many members are not happy with Jeremy Corbyn as leader.
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And the Labour Party has lost support over recent years in Scotland and the north of England, its traditional heartland. So if the Labour Party does even more badly in this election, then I think Jeremy Corbyn would find himself under considerable pressure to go.>> UK newspapers agree. The Times running with the headline, May heads for election landslide.
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Whatever the result, the bigger question may be what does it mean for Brexit?