On April 19, the UK parliament voted in favor of Prime Minister Theresa May's plan to hold an early national election. The date of the next parliamentary general election was thus shifted from May 7, 2020 to June 8, 2017. The motion was approved by a vote of 522 to 13, which exceeded the necessary two-thirds vote to hold an early election.
The conservative party currently has a small majority in the parliament's lower house. PM May said that the general election will "secure the strong and stable leadership the country needs to see [the UK] through Brexit and beyond."
The election will delay the Brexit negotiations, which must be concluded by March 29, 2019. PM May accused some members of the current House of Commons of trying to "thwart the Brexit process."
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