UK Labour leader comes out fighting

May's reasoning is unexceptionable-that she needs to consolidate her power as she faces both pro-EU opposition politicians and hardcore Brexit-backers inside her own party as the countdown begins for the process of break formally with European Union to be completed.

But May, who had repeatedly ruled out the possibility of an early election, has faced criticism for the sudden reversal.

The Conservatives are on course to receive twice as many votes as Labour in the forthcoming general election, a new opinion poll has suggested.

This story was first published on CNN.com, "General election: UK Parliament approves Theresa May's snap vote". She said she was confident of reaching a deal in that time frame. On a whole range of issues, her party has established a clear and likely unassailable lead on key issues. What she really wants is a free hand - but to do what? Forecasts of the number of Labour MPs that will be left vary from 150 to 182, well down on its nearly 230 MPs at present.

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.

Mrs May could also be ready to ditch promises made in David Cameron's 2015 general election manifesto, such as the commitment to spending 0.7% of national income on foreign aid.

An early vote will also delay Brexit talks. May added that securing the "right deal" with Brussels for Britain is her priority.

Mrs May, Britain's second female Prime Minister, also has strong popular support for her handling of the political natural disaster unleashed by Brexit.

"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", a spokesperson for the European Commission told theIndependent.

Angela Rayner, tipped as a future Labour leader, accused the Government of failing the British people as she vowed that her party would call time on austerity and "invest and rebuild" in the UK's future.

Tony Blair's centrist Labour Party, meanwhile, has been replaced by Jeremy Corbyn's quasi-Marxist leftists, who will campaign on an agenda of much higher taxes, much more spending and heavy skepticism not only toward the European Union but also toward North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, the United States and all remaining trade organizations, worldwide organizations and historic British allies.

Ms Rayner, a staunch Corbyn backer, said she welcomed the General Election as a chance for Labour to to give Britain a "new direction".

"Only by voting Labour can we get rid of Theresa May and stop further cuts to public services".

While snap elections are a gamble, it looks like May's Conservative Party will win big on June 8.

In a worrying sign for Labour, three of its MPs have already announced they will not stand again.