May asks public to trust her decision on snap poll

In her first speech of the campaign, Theresa May slammed her rival parties and warned the nation to not vote for the possible coalition.

She said: "The Scottish National Party say they will vote against the legislation that formally repeals Britain's membership of the European Union".

Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer said Wednesday: "We have an predictability and reliability, because we want to get this process done in the prescribed period of time and above all because we don't need upheaval in this negotiating process - either at the beginning or the end".

Now that lawmakers have approved the election, Parliament will be dissolved at midnight on May 2, 25 working days before election day.

In a 12-day period prior to May's election call, the party announced eight new policies, including a pledge of free school meals for all primary school children, a crackdown on big businesses holding back payments to small companies, and a higher £10 minimum wage.

Mike Weir, the MP for Angus, agreed that the vote will be between the SNP and the Tories.

They said ministers from those member states are then scheduled to meet on May 22 to formally issue detailed directives for the negotiations to be led by Michel Barnier, who previously held high-level French government positions.

The former foreign secretary under Gordon Brown was expected to become the leader of the Labour Party after Mr Brown stood down, but was surprisingly defeated by his brother Ed in 2010.

AFTER yesterday's surprise move by Prime Minister Theresa May to call a general election, political leaders here have been reacting to the prospect of a fourth visit to the polls in just over a year.

A third Birmingham seat now held by Labour, Birmingham Erdington, could also be vulnerable to the Conservatives.

Opinion polls suggest Conservatives could take two Birmingham seats from Labour, Birmingham Edgbaston and Birmingham Northfield.

May dismissed criticism of her decision to call voters back to polling booths for the third time in just over 24 months.

Mrs May could also be ready to ditch promises made in David Cameron's 2015 general election manifesto, such as the commitment to spending 0.7% of national income on foreign aid.

"Sinn Féin opposed Brexit because it will be disastrous for the people of Ireland, our economy and our public services", she said.

"The Tory Party's reckless Brexit agenda offers nothing to the people of the north who are being dragged out of the European Union against our will. It's about ... getting the right deal from Europe".

May, who has described herself as "not a showy politician", also said she would not take part in television debates before the election, preferring to talk directly to voters. But one veteran MP and friend of the leader told POLITICO: "I know he'd go".

British Prime Minister Theresa May's Tuesday announcement to declare a snap election for June 8 is riskier than it seems, according to FiveThirtyEight's Nate Silver.

Mr Corbyn threw down the gauntlet to Mrs May to agree to televised debates, which he said were "what democracy needs and what the British people deserve".

"I'm not sure it affects our campaigning too much, but we may have to make it clear we're calling about the local elections".

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said that broadcasters should hold debates anyway, with an empty chair in May's place.

The Prime Minister had stunned the United Kingdom when she called for a snap poll in an announcement yesterday.