Pound surge suggests UK election will yield smoother Brexit


The former interior minister, who became prime minister without an election when her predecessor David Cameron quit after last year's referendum vote for Brexit, enjoys a runaway lead over the main opposition Labour Party in opinion polls.

The paper cited polling data from YouGov that suggested the Conservatives were on course to win a majority of 114 House of Commons seats on 8 June.

Conservatives topped the list with 48 percent, up 4 percentage points on the last poll. "May heads for election landslide" was the front-page headline in Wednesday's edition of The Times newspaper.

The Telegraph reflected the nation's surprise at the imminent election: "May's bolt from the blue".

May continues to be the favored choice for prime minister, with 54 percent of people preferring her to Labour's Jeremy Corbyn, who is backed by 15 percent of voters.

That approach has left neither of the party's key constituencies particularly happy.

Her ire is directed at those who oppose Brexit, in particular the political parties in Westminster.

In recent weeks Labour has threatened to vote against the deal we reach with the European Union.

Mrs May has argued a fresh mandate would strengthen her hand in Brexit talks and provide certainty for the future.

A spokesman for European Council president Donald Tusk said: "The UK elections do not change our EU27 plans". In fact, May's decision on Tuesday may shore up her party's negotiating position in upcoming talks.

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The announcement caught British political observers off guard as well as financial markets, which retreated as investors reacted cautiously to May's speech.

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.

Mrs May, who became PM last July after the European Union referendum, told MPs it would wrong for the United Kingdom to find itself reaching the most "difficult and sensitive" phase of Brexit negotiations in late 2018 and early 2019 when a general election was "looming on the horizon".

The British Prime Minister is seeking an election to copperfasten her mandate ahead of Brexit negotiations.

Whereas with Labour, we see no clear plan or aims for any potential negotiations if they were to somehow win this election.

"There is a little more to it than that", Shakespeare told Press TV.

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon leaves Bute House in Edinburgh Tuesday April 18, 2017.

The British Parliament approved a snap general election on Wednesday, even though general elections weren't due for another three years.

"It is not part of the Brexit negotiations".

In Scotland, voters previous year favored staying in the European Union, compared with overall 52-48 percent British support to depart the organization.