The day after her shock announcement in Downing Street, May insisted an election was in the national interest and would give her a stronger hand in negotiations with the EU.
May is expected to put the mandate for Brexit at the heart of her election campaign but she was reluctant to elaborate on her plan beyond her formal document setting out her desire for more control over immigration, leaving the single market and removing the United Kingdom from the jurisdiction of the European courts.
Her statement rings true for many a reason: while it may have been a U-turn, the need for an election has been palpable in British politics for a while now.
It would "allow the most wonderful platform for the Prime Minister to lay out her strategy to the electorate", commented Julia Evans, chief executive of the research consultancy BSRIA.
May's campaign is expected to see the return of Sir Lynton Crosby, the Australian election strategist who helped David Cameron gain an outright majority in 2015.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer said Wednesday: "We have an interest.in predictability and reliability, because we want to get this process done in the prescribed period of time and above all because we don't need upheaval in this negotiating process - either at the beginning or the end". This was a far cry from what Mr. Cameron had pegged his 2015 electoral campaign on: keeping Britain in the European Union, with which it hoped to renegotiate its relationship. I am very clear that we want migration at sustainable levels. On Tuesday May announced plans for a snap general election on June 8.
She also claimed Labour, the Liberal Democrats and SNP were intent on "frustrating the Brexit process".
"While Theresa May's stated intention this morning was to provide greater clarity and stability by calling a general election, in the immediate term the move inevitably puts a question mark over policy and creates further uncertainty across the built environment".
"Whilst this short-term hiatus is unlikely to have a large impact on activity on the ground, it comes at a time when every week for preparations for Brexit negotiations is precious".
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Nonetheless, her reluctance to go face to face with her principal opponents does her no favours.
With the Labour opposition weakened, May's gamble will probably pay off with an enhanced Conservative majority in Parliament - but it's unlikely to unite a country deeply split over the decision to quit the EU.
However, it will be a gamble too: rarely will a British election have been as ideologically driven as the forthcoming one, pitting Ms.
Televised leaders debates are likely to be staged in Scotland during the election after the heads of Scotland's main parties gave them their backing today. The Liberal Democrats have committed themselves to keeping Britain in the single market and avoiding the hard Brexit the government has embarked upon.
Labour, the second-largest party in Parliament, campaigned for Britain to remain in the European Union, but Corbyn said he would respect voters' decision to leave.
A number of MPs abstained from Wednesday's vote, including those with the Scottish National Party.
To put the UK's influence on the Irish market into perspective, he noted that in the second half of 2016, beef producers took a price hit of €150m, chiefly as a result of the Sterling devaluation.
Mr Corbyn retorted: "We welcome the general election but this is a Prime Minister who promised there wouldn't be one, a Prime Minister who can not be trusted".
Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas welcomed an early vote at a time when "Britain is at a crossroads" and promised that the Greens would present a "bold, positive vision for a different kind of Britain".