MPs’ vote set to trigger snap election

Theresa May’s plan for a snap general election on 8 June is set to be authorised by MPs later

The early poll is expected to secure the two-thirds Commons majority it requires to go ahead, with Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn welcoming the PM’s surprise announcement on Tuesday.

Mrs May said that she wanted to secure the backing of the British people for her Brexit negotiations.

She told the Sun newspaper “political game playing” risked hampering talks.

The next general election had been expected in 2020, but the Fixed Term Parliaments Act allows for one to be held earlier if two-thirds of MPs back the move.
A motion to this effect will be put before the Commons on Wednesday afternoon.

The SNP has signalled its MPs will abstain in the vote, but Labour and the Liberal Democrats have welcomed the early election.