MPs en­dorse May’s call for snap elec­tion June 8

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LON­DON | British vot­ers will be head­ing to polling sta­tions for the third time since 2015, af­ter law­mak­ers over­whelm­ingly backed Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May’s call for a snap elec­tion on June 8.

The par­lia­men­tary elec­tion comes less than a year af­ter Bri­tain voted to leave the Euro­pean Union, and will likely be dom­i­nated by the po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic up­heaval spawned by Brexit. Ms. May, who took of­fice in July af­ter an in­ter­nal Con­ser­va­tive Party lead­er­ship race, wants the elec­tion to con­sol­i­date her power as she faces both pro-EU op­po­si­tion politicians and hard-core Brexit-back­ers inside her own party. Law­mak­ers voted Wed­nes­day by a re­sound­ing 522 to 13 to back Ms. May’s call for an elec­tion, eas­ily sur­pass­ing the two-thirds ma­jor­ity in the 650-seat House of Com­mons needed to trig­ger an early vote.

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