May's announcement Tuesday in London came as a surprise.
The vote on the motion for an early election will take place on Wednesday 19 April.
She will be hoping that Labour's poor results in the opinion polls are reflected when voters go to the ballots. Standing outside her Downing Street office, May said she had decided "with reluctance" that an election was needed to secure political unity and stability as Britain negotiates its way out of the European Union.Sterling jumped as high as $1.2772, its strongest since December 14 and just shy of its highest in six months, as investors viewed the election as lessening political uncertainty and making it more likely that Britain could maintain some kind of preferential access to the single European market. "Drawn-out uncertainty does the political and economic relationship between Europe and Britain no good", said German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel.
Theresa May's general election call is a twist worthy of an Alfred Hitchcock film, the official running the EU's Brexit negotiations has suggested.
The Liberal Democrats are the only party that can offer a real opposition to the hard, disastrous Brexit that the Conservatives seem intent on pushing through.
The UK looks set to have a general election on 8 June.
Against the euro, the pound was hovering around €1.180, rising from a 0.4% loss. A collapse in talks would risk Britain simply crashing out of the Union when that deadline expires, leaving legal chaos. Currently, the Conservative Party has 330 seats, Labour has 229, the SNP has 54, Liberal Democrats have nine.
Iran's president resisters to run in May elections
All hopefuls will be vetted by the Guardian Council, a body that oversees elections and legislation, from April 16 to April 20. Rouhani, whose moderate administration negotiated the nuclear deal with world powers, is seeking another four-year term.
Basically, if you're aged 18 or over on election day, registered to vote and a British citizen you can vote. The 2015 election debate formats were agreed with the political parties more than six weeks before Britain headed to the polls.
The Prime Minister laid our her vision for Brexit in January and more formally later with a White Paper. "We have at this moment a one-off chance to get this done. before the detailed talks begin", May said, despite previously denying that she would do so. Last month, she was forced to back down over a tax rise in the budget, with Tories rebelling because it went against a commitment her predecessor, David Cameron, had made in his 2015 election manifesto. This General Election offers a real chance to change that.
According to a recent poll, 55% of British voters support May's handling of Brexit negotiations, while one pollster recently predicted that the Tories could gain a 100-seat majority in the House of Commons this year.
Corbyn, 67, enjoys grassroots support from left-wingers but is opposed by most of the party's more centrist lawmakers, who say that Labour under his leadership is not appealing to the middle classes.
She has pursued the hardest of Brexits since coming to office, and this General Election is our chance to change the direction of our country and steer away from the cliff edge Theresa May and her Conservative party are driving us towards. "Only the Liberal Democrats can prevent a Conservative majority", he said.
She said: "Brexit presents many exciting opportunities".
Sturgeon said Tuesday that May was seeking "to crush the voices of people who disagree with her".