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"I will be asking the British people for a mandate to complete Brexit and to make a success of it", the Conservative leader said, to cheers from her lawmakers sitting behind her.
The Lib Dems believe their anti-Brexit position will draw in voters anxious about the UK's divorce from the EU.
With May seen winning a new five-year mandate and boosting her majority in parliament by perhaps 100 seats, the pound held close to six-and-a-half month highs on hopes she may be able to clinch a smoother, more phased departure from the European Union and minimise damage to the United Kingdom economy.
But her decision also opens the door to more uncertainty in the region, as it now puts Europe's three most powerful nations - Britain, Germany and France - into full-throttle election mode.
The South Staffordshire MP admitted that calling an election "was certainly not the Prime Minister's first option", but spoke of the sense of relief that came over her shortly after her announcement in Downing Street yesterday morning.
Meanwhile, former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg confirmed that he will fight to retain his Sheffield Hallam seat for the Liberal Democrats. Polls give the Conservatives a double-digit lead over Labour, and May is gambling that an election will deliver her a personal mandate from voters and produce a bigger Conservative majority.
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Britain's next national election is now scheduled for 2020, a year after the scheduled completion of two years of European Union exit talks.
Respondents were also asked about the leadership qualities of the Prime Minister and her Labour rival Jeremy Corbyn, with May preferred as "best prime minister" by 54 per cent to 15 per cent.
"Make no mistake, if the SNP wins this election in Scotland - and the Tories don't - then Theresa May's attempt to block our mandate to hold another referendum when the time is right, will crumble to dust", SNP leader and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said.
The Prime Minister's motion for an early general election is widely expected to pass in the Commons today.
Commenting on social media, Ruth Howard said: "Whoever in this area wants to get in [to government] needs to get out and about and communicate with the community all the time, not just see their faces at the front door when elections are due".
Since taking office after her predecessor David Cameron resigned in the wake of Britain's June 23 vote to leave the EU, May had repeatedly ruled out going to the polls before the next scheduled election in 2020. Alternatively, the pro-European Scottish public may want to ensure that their voice is heard clearly in Westminster. She will have to ensure that Conservative voters believe she is a "safe pair of hands" for the Brexit negotiations.
Scotland voted against independence in 2014, but voted to remain in the European Union in 2016 while Britain as a whole voted to quit the bloc.
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