General election: Tory victory 'will not strengthen May's Brexit hand'

UK prime minister defends decision to seek snap election

I'm not taking anything for granted.

Tajani told reporters after his meeting with May that they were in agreement on the need for a resolution to the issue of United Kingdom and European Union citizens' rights after Brexit.

With just 13 votes against, this easily exceeded the two-thirds threshold needed for the government to be able to overrule legislation that had required elections to be held at regular five-year intervals, beginning in 2015.

May has framed the election, in which her ruling Conservative party could win as many as 100 extra seats, as a way of securing the best possible Brexit deal for the UK.

A newspaper stand shows a copy of Evening Standard, with the front page story of May's call for a snap general election. He said additional Tory MPs on the back benches will do nothing to help Britain's standing in the negotiations.

The announcement marked a U-turn for May, who had repeatedly said she would not seek an early vote.

Guy Verhofstadt said Theresa May's decision to call a poll on 8 June - having previously said she would not go to the country before the end of the parliament in 2020 - appeared to have been driven by "political opportunism".

Antonio Tajani said all 27 other countries in the European Union would be in favour if a new government made a decision to reverse the Article 50 process following the June 8 election.

While many specific policy positions have yet to be filled out, both Mrs May and her finance minister, Philip Hammond, gave the first indications on how the party's spending plans on key voter issues such as foreign aid, pensions and tax will look.

Tajani last week said his priority for Brexit was "defending the rights of our citizens" affected by the UK's decision to withdraw from the EU. Offer a second referendum, and let the people decide.

British voters chose to leave the European Union in a referendum last year, signaling the end of the country's 44-year membership of the bloc. We have set that process in motion, there is no turning back.

Britain's next national election is now scheduled for 2020, a year after the scheduled completion of two years of European Union exit talks.

"I believe that at this moment of enormous national significance there should be unity here in Westminster not division", she said as MPs debated in Parliament.

"What I am going to be doing in the campaign is actually getting out and talking to voters and listening to voters and hearing from voters and answering their questions".