Jeremy Corbyn Welcomes Theresa May's Call for Early British Elections

Meanwhile, Scotland's Nicola Sturgeon says Theresa May is trying to force a 'hard Brexit'

British Prime Minister Theresa May walks inside 10 Downing Street after calling for an early general election on June 8, April 18, 2017.
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Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said he welcomed Prime Minister Theresa May's decision to call an early national election on Tuesday, indicating his party will provide the support she needs under electoral law to hold one. 

"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," Corbyn said in an emailed statement. 

To call an election, May needs the support of two-thirds of the parliament in a vote due to be held on Wednesday. 

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Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that with early election, May is trying to force Britain into a "hard Brexit."

"The [Conservatives] see a chance to move the U.K. to the right, force through a hard Brexit and impose deeper [public spending] cuts. Let's stand up for Scotland," Sturgeon, whose party seeks independence from the United Kingdom and opposes the Brexit, said on Twitter.

May announced earlier she would seek an early election on June 8, saying the government had the right plan for negotiating the terms of Britain's exit from the European Union and she needed political unity in London.

The leaders of the Netherlands, Denmark and Ireland are to hold a meeting to discuss Britain's exit from  on Friday, the Irish government said, in a sign the three pro-trade powers plan to coordinate their strategy on Brexit.

The three countries, which Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny has said are likely to be the most negatively impacted by Brexit, have a similar outlook on free trade and competition issues and in the past have often allied with Britain. 

Kenny will meet with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen in The Hague on Friday, an Irish government spokesman said. The meeting will underline the strength of the 27 to remain united, he said.