Opposition parties said they would not block the move, sending Westminster into full-throttle election mode. A general election would end the attempts of opposition parties and members of the House of Lords to thwart her Brexit plans, May said. “At this moment of enormous national significance, there should be unity here in Westminster, but instead there is division. The country is coming together, but Westminster is not,” she added. Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn has welcomed the decision “to give the British people the chance to vote for a government that will put the interests of the majority first. Lib Dem leader Tim Farron told supporters: “This is your chance to change the direction of our country.”
The Queen was reportedly told in advance about the early general election intention announcement, yesterday, by the PM, over the phone.