Theresa May's snap United Kingdom election call is out of character

Luke Bartholomew, of the investment firm Aberdeen Asset Management, added, "The election should hand Theresa May a much bigger mandate to stand up to the harder line, anti-EU backbenchers that now hold a disproportionate sway over her party's stance on Brexit". Most lawmakers campaigned for Britain to remain a member of the European Union ahead of the referendum a year ago, and many would prefer a softer version of Brexit - retaining closer links with the European Union, staying within its single market trading area and allowing free movement of people.

British Prime Minister Theresa May is due to make an unexpected statement in Downing Street, triggering speculation that she plans to call an early election.

May is capitalizing on her runaway lead in the opinion polls.

In 2010, 9.4 million viewers tuned in to the first of three clashes between the then Conservative, Labour and Lib Dem leaders.

A Conservative party spokesman said that there was no need for the public to see May face-off against Jeremy Corbyn.

The weeks since Britain invoked Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty on the European Union and triggered the two-year Brexit process have been marked by protests by Brexit opponents led by the Labor Party and Scottish executive Nicola Sturgeon.

However, a bid to oust him floundered. A progressive alliance would, probably, require both main parties to split in two.

Over at the Liberal Democrats, the party are hoping to regain some of the votes they lost in in general election in 2015.

Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has threatened to work to derail May's plan for negotiating post-Brexit trade deals, and criticized the British leader's calls for reducing taxes and regulations to attract investment after Britain leaves the EU.

She added: "They underestimate our determination to get the job done And I am not prepared to let them endanger the security of millions of working people across the country". UKIP appears to be experiencing some weakness, recently having its one MP defecting, and its new leader Paul Nuttall failing to secure what it must have considered to be a winnable parliamentary seat in Stoke, but it remains popular and will regard itself as the guardian of a "true" Brexit.

Adding to the pressure is May's apparent ability to bridge the class divide, with the latest YouGov poll finding she was nearly as popular with poorer voters as she was with the affluent. The party holds out little hope of regaining numerous seats it lost in Scotland and it faces pressure from the Liberal Democrats and Ukip as well as the Conservatives in England and Wales.

But the Conservatives are heavily favoured in a snap vote.

"I don't think it will be the final nail in the coffin".

Despite the potential electoral disaster, Filby doubted that the vote posed an existential crisis for the 117-year-old party. "It's in a position where it is too strong to collapse and too weak to win".

King's College professor Alex Callinicos said even replacing Corbyn would leave no end in sight to the battle over the party's soul.