Pound surge suggests UK election will yield smoother Brexit

She wants us to believe that she's a woman of her word. "They will have a choice between a Conservative government that has shown we can build a stronger economy and a Labour whose economic policies would bankrupt this country".

Praising MPs for backing her during a stump speech in the north-west of England, the PM said: "It's great to be here in Bolton, fresh from the House of Commons, fresh from winning a vote in the House of Commons, which has approved my decision to hold a general election on June 8".

"Every vote for the Conservatives will make it harder for those who want to stop me from getting the job done", May told a rowdy lower house during her weekly question and answer session.

She said holding an election in June, rather than as scheduled in 2020, will give the country "certainty and stability" as it negotiates its departure from the EU.

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.

In a sign of the key campaign issues ahead, May traded barbs in the Commons with opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, whose party is deeply divided and languishing up to 20 points behind the Conservatives.

If the election is approved Wednesday, Parliament will be dissolved on May 2, sparking nearly six weeks of campaigning.

By contrast Labour is wracked by divisions, over Brexit and Corbyn's left-wing leadership, which is opposed by many of his more centrist MPs. She now needs a mandate from the voters, she said, and the election would give her one.

Trump strategy on N. Korea: 'Maximum pressure and engagement'
Russian Federation and China are critical to any pressure campaign on North Korea because they both hold veto power on the U.N. The timing of the test, coinciding with Pence's trip and a day after the military parade, would suggest deliberate defiance.

European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said that "the real political negotiations on Article 50 with the United Kingdom will start after the elections foreseen for June 8".

Meanwhile the Scottish National Party, which holds most of the seats in Scotland, is pushing its demands for a second referendum on independence in order to maintain close ties with the EU.

May said she had already set out her plans for Britain's exit in a document published earlier in the year.

The UK prime minister had stunned the country when she called for a snap poll in an announcement on Tuesday.

According to the crowdfunding page, the campaign also aims to make the Brexit deal process transparent, while ensuring the next government has no mandate to destroy the rights and relationship with Europe.

"Following their conversation, the president considers that the real political negotiations on Article 50 with the United Kingdom will start after the elections foreseen for the 8th of June", the spokesman said, referring to the European Union treaty rule that regulates the exit of a member state from the bloc.

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

Government spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer said Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke by phone Tuesday with British Prime Minister Theresa May.

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