Why does Theresa May need to give MPs a vote on the general election?
The Prime Minister will later today raise a motion to hold a general election on June 8.
Theresa May announced the snap vote yesterday, which she said will bring unity and strength to the Government ahead of the upcoming Brexit negotiations.
“At this moment of enormous national significance there should be unity here in Westminster, but instead there is division,” she said.
“The country is coming together, but Westminster is not.”
Her decision was made “recently and reluctantly” during a walking holiday in Wales.
Under the Fixed Term Parliament Act, general elections are automatically held every five years, with the next one not due until May 2020.
The legislation allows for Parliament to call an early vote in two-thirds of MPs agree to do so.
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How will MPs vote for the general election?
The Conservatives are 104 short of the 434 votes needed to approve the election.
But Jeremy Corbyn and Tim Farron have both welcomed the news, and have indicated that they will instruct their MPs to vote for Mrs May’s motion.
Mr Corbyn said: “I welcome the Prime Minister’s decision to give the British people the chance to vote for a government that will put the interests of the majority first.”
SNP members will abstain from the vote, the party’s leader at Westminster has said.
Angus Robertson said that the party believes in fixed-term parliaments, but will not vote against the motion.
The Green Party’s sole MP Caroline Lucas is understood to be voting for the election, with the party calling for a “progressive alliance” with Labour and the Liberal Democrats for “a hand full of seats”.
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What time is the election debate and vote?
Mrs May will introduce the motion at around 12.45pm, after Prime Minister’s Questions and the 10 Minute Rule Bills.
The Commons has allotted up to 90 minutes for the debate. Assuming that MPs take the full time given, the vote should take place shortly before 2.30pm.
These times could be pushed back if any urgent questions are raised during PMQs, but this is unlikely given the importance of today’s debate.
How to watch the election debate and vote online
The debate will be broadcast live on BBC Parliament, which can be streamed on the BBC iPlayer, and on Parliament TV which is available to watch exclusively online.
Source : EXPRESS