Britain will go to the polls on June 8 after MPs cleared the way for an early general election in a House of Commons vote praised by Theresa May as "the right decision" in the national interest.
Under the Act, a prime minister can hold an election ahead of schedule if at least two-thirds of MPs in the House of Commons (434 out of 650) vote in for a motion calling for one.
"I believe that at this moment of enormous national significance there should be unity here in Westminster, not division", May said.
Due to the Fixed Term Parliament Act, which is meant to stop elections less than five years apart, MPs had to vote for a no confidence motion in the government by a mjaority of two thirds in order for parliament to be disolved and an election called.
With Conservatives leading the polls, the election's undercurrent will be all about what kind of Brexit Britain will live with. With Jeremy Corbyn as prime minister we would see higher taxes, higher unemployment and a Brexit that fails to work for everyone.
Britain joins a list of western European countries scheduled to hold elections this year.
The lawmakers approved the proposal, 522-13, after 90 minutes of debate to move the election up three years in a bid by the Conservative Party to expand its role in government and give better clout in negotiating Brexit.
The smaller Liberal Democrats, who lost most of their seats in 2015 after entering coalition with the Conservatives, are hoping to capitalise on their strong support for the European Union to win new support.
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May enjoys a runaway lead in opinion polls over the main opposition Labour Party, and the British economy has so far defied predictions of a slowdown, offering her a strong base to launch a poll some lawmakers described as "opportunistic".
When asked what their plan is for Brexit, Labour quite simply have no answers for the British people, only soundbites that may roll off the tongue easily but don't give real answers to the real issues on Brexit that people care about.
"With farming arguably the sector most impacted by Brexit, NFU members will want to understand how each of the political parties plans to support profitable, productive and progressive agriculture and horticulture in the future", he said.
Mr Corbyn said Mrs May's decision had given voters the chance "to vote for a government that will put the interests of the majority first", while Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said the election provided an opportunity to block "a disastrous hard Brexit".
Brok said he expects May to win a parliamentary majority, but it's unclear how big. She said she was confident of reaching a deal in that time frame.
"I think it is right now to ask the British people, to put their trust in me and the Conservative Party to deliver on their vote previous year a Brexit plan that will make a success for this country and deliver a stronger, fairer global Britain in the future".