Theresa May seeks Parliament's approval for snap election

But it is the provisions on the "divorce bill" which are likely to come under the spotlight when the Prime Minister holds talks in London next week with European Commission Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier and president Jean-Claude Juncker.

"This election is about the future of all of us - the future of our children, the future of social justice, the future of our jobs", he told cheering activists.

May has already won approval from Queen Elizabeth for the snap election.

"It is about the crisis her Government has plunged our National Health Service into, the cuts to our children's schools which will limit the chances of every child in Britain, four million of whom now live in poverty".

But Mr Corbyn dismissed her argument that she needs a fresh mandate to deliver Brexit, and said it was "extremely interesting" that she had chosen to call an election as the Crown Prosecution Service prepares to decide whether to press charges against a string of Tory MPs over allegations relating to 2015 general election expenses. The choice before us is clear: "to trust the people and then let the public decide". "A general election will provide the country with five years of strong and stable leadership to see us through the negotiations and ensure we are able to go on to make a success as a result, and that is crucial".

"Britain is leaving the European Union and there can be no turning back", asserted the British PM.

Technically, there are now only two ways to call early elections.

The Labour leader will acknowledge that "much of the media and the establishment" already believe his party can not win the election, but will pledge not to "play by the rules" and "change the direction" of the polls.

Britain will go to the polls on June 8, after MPs cleared the way for an early general election.

The pro-Brexit, right-wing newspapers portrayed her decision as an aggressive move to strengthen her hand in the talks with the 27 other European Union members and to crush her domestic opponents.

Piers Corbyn accused the corporation of a series of cover ups to protect the establishment - that included making attacks on his brother - but insisted Labour could still win a "reasonable" majority.

"I believe that, at this moment of enormous national significance, there should be unity here in Westminster, not division", Mrs May told Parliament.

The European Parliament is not directly involved in the forthcoming talks on Brexit but is regularly informed and has to agree to a future agreement between the EU and the UK. "The country is together, Westminster is not", she said. She said she preferred "to get out and about and meet voters" instead.

Moreover, this is a prospect that people must consider if they are tempted to vote for the Liberal Democrats.

'They have robbed the British people of a £184 billion since we have gone into it, how dare they suggest that we owe the any money.

"This election is about her Government's failure to rebuild the economy and living standards for the majority".

It will also be the Brexit election, meant to consolidate the decision taken at the referendum and ensure there is no backsliding. "The election will be dominated by Brexit, and the Labour Party will have to finally clarify its position".

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