UK PM needs two-thirds MP support for general election to go ahead

There have been questions about whether or not UK Prime Minister Theresa May has made the right decision by calling for an early election on 8 June.

May announced the decision on Tuesday, saying it was the only way to guarantee political stability for the years ahead, as Britain negotiates its way out of the European Union.

The Prime Minister needs the support of two-thirds of MPs in a vote scheduled in the House of Commons on Wednesday.

Gavin Grey has been following developments on the matter.

News is reaching me that the vote this afternoon which requires a two-thirds majority in order for the election to be agreed to go ahead, some labor MPs are trying to garner support to vote against that and postpone the election.

Gavin Grey, UK correspondent

With the fixed term parliament, the next election was going to be due shortly after the completion of negotiations about Brexit and she said effectively that unfair pressure could have been leveled on her by the Europeans who knew that the prime minister at the time would have been desperate to finalise the deal before the election.

Gavin Grey, UK correspondent

At the moment the majority she has is just seventeen, I saw some expert opinion today which suggested that If the campaign goes well, she could well expand that to one hundred seats by targeting the north of England.... with a working majority of one hundred she could almost push through what she wanted.

Gavin Grey, UK correspondent

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