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20 April 2017, 07:20 | Kelvin Horton
There were also a number of abstentions.
So from that perspective, they can really join up with the Scottish National Party, the Liberal Democrats and the Greens, but it's a short amount of time and they really need to act quickly.
Writing in the Evening Standard, Mr Khan said: "The majority of Londoners did not vote for Brexit - but the British public did and I respect their democratic will". Its lawmakers abstained during Wednesday's vote.
May says politicians should "put our fate in the hands of the people and then let the people decide".
After addressing a rowdy session of the House of Commons, Ms May won the support of 522 MPs in the 650-seat Parliament for an election on June 8, an easy victory for the Prime Minister who could see her majority increase by at least 100 seats in the poll.
Under British electoral law, May needs the backing of two-thirds of lawmakers.
May's decision to bring forward the election by three years has been applauded by the pro-Brexit press, who say it is a chance for the Prime Minister to pursue Brexit on her own terms, unconstrained by so-called "Remoaners".
Tusk will chair a summit of the other 27 European Union national leaders in Brussels on April 29, where he expects them to agree negotiating guidelines he has proposed.
A European Commission spokesman said the "real political" negotiations on Brexit will start after the election.
The snap poll comes as the United Kingdom prepares for crucial negotiations on leaving the European Union.
British Prime Minister Theresa May speaking during Prime Minister's questions in the House of Commons in London, April 19, 2017. Demmer said Wednesday: "The German government assumes that the negotiations can be continued without disruption". "We must set that process in motion, there is no turning back". For starters, she is reversing a position she has maintained since announcing her candidacy to succeed Cameron as Tory leader (and thus as prime minister).
Elmar Brok, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right Christian Democrats, told Germany's ARD television Wednesday that May could derive from a new, stronger mandate an "ability to compromise".
The fear of future economic damage has been reflected mainly in the pound's weakness since the initial shock of the Brexit result last June, which saw the currency tank from the $1.50 mark to 32-year lows around $1.20.
He added: "She could also become more unbending; we don't know. I hope the former will be the case".
May surprised allies, opponents and financial markets on Tuesday when she called a snap election for June 8.
She has previously said that she will seek a "hard Brexit", insisting it was necessary to make a clean break and not opt for anything that "leaves us half-in, half-out".
A big election year for Europe just got bigger.
Mrs May shocked the country by announcing on Tuesday her intention to hold a snap election on June 8, declaring it the flawless way to strengthen her position with her European counterparts.
Britain's next national election is now scheduled for 2020, a year after the scheduled completion of two years of European Union exit talks. "Most people are worse off than they were when the Conservatives came to power seven years ago, the election gives the British people the chance to change direction".
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