British Parliament Backs May’s Plan for Early Elections

VOA FILE – A British Union flag flutters in front of one of the clock faces of the ‘Big Ben’ clock tower of The Houses of Parliament in central London, Feb. 22, 2016. Voting 522 to 13, British lawmakers on Wednesday approved Prime Minister Theresa May’s call for early elections.

LONDON — The British parliament voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to back Prime Minister Theresa May’s call to hold early general elections on June 8, three years ahead of schedule.

May pushed for the snap poll in hopes of smoothing the Brexit process.

The vote in parliament was 522 to 13. Members had been widely expected to approve the early poll, which analysts say will likely give May a stronger hand in negotiating Britain’s exit from the European Union but also gives the opposition a greater voice in how the Brexit process is carried out.

The two-year exit negotiation process began last month when May triggered Article 50 of the Lisbon EU treaty. However, the British leader has been weighed down by the opposition’s protests over how the negotiations on trade and taxes are conducted.

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