LONDON, April 19 British Prime Minister Theresa
May on Wednesday asked parliament to back her call for an early
national election, saying the result would help unify parliament
behind her Brexit plan and prevent instability.
Under electoral law, May must win a two thirds majority in a
parliamentary vote due to be held later on Wednesday before she
can officially call an early election. May is expected to win
the vote, and wants to hold an election on June 8.
"I believe that at this moment of enormous national
significance there should be unity here in Westminster not
division," May told parliament. "That's why it is the right and
responsible thing for all of us here today to vote for a general
(Reporting by Elizabeth Piper, writing by William James,
editing by Estelle Shirbon)