A United Kingdom general election will be held on 8 June after MPs backed Prime Minister Theresa May's call for a snap poll.
After addressing a rowdy session of the House of Commons, Ms May won the support of 522 MPs in the 650-seat Parliament for an election on June 8, an easy victory for the Prime Minister who could see her majority increase by at least 100 seats in the poll.
"There should be unity here in Westminster, but instead there is division", May said Tuesday, according to CNN.
Labour and the much smaller opposition Liberal Democrats said they would vote in favour of the early election, all but guaranteeing her decision will be approved.
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.
With little resistance in Parliament, British Prime Minister Theresa May has secured a surprise election to take place in just seven weeks' time.
Her predecessor David Cameron agreed to be questioned in front of a BBC Question Time-style audience for live television programmes during the 2015 general election.
European Union officials say Britain's surprise election will not interrupt the bloc's preparations for Brexit talks - though they will slightly delay the start of negotiations.
May said that opponents were intent on "frustrating the Brexit process", even after Parliament authorized talks with the EU.
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Downing Street said the June election will not affect May's Brexit timetable. In the first major opinion poll since the election was called, YouGov asked people who they would vote for if there was an election now.
"A general election is the best way to strengthen Britain's hand in the negotiations ahead", May told lawmakers at the outset of a 90-minute debate. The Lib Dems now have just nine seats in Parliament.
She passed the required minimum needed of 434 MPs in support, after opposition MPs, mainly from Labour and the Liberal Democrats, voted in favor of an election.
"A general election is the best way to strengthen Britain's hand in the Brexit negotiations ahead".
May hit back that Labour offered only "bankruptcy and chaos", but denied she was complacent, saying: "We will be out there fighting for every vote".
We can't win, they say, because we don't play their game. TV debates don't have a long history in British politics, but were a feature of the last two elections, in 2010 and 2015.
May's Conservatives now hold 330 House of Commons seats and Labour 229.
Former Treasury chief George Osborne, a leader of the losing campaign to keep Britain in the European Union, says he won't be a candidate in the June 8 elections.
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.