The BBC reported that Parliament in Westminster was dissolved just after midnight on Tuesday with all MPs reverting to being members of the public. Government ministers keep their posts as a caretaker government.
PM Boris Johnson’s Wednesday morning audience with the Queen lasted about 20 minutes. While the election has already been approved by MPs, the monarch’s assent was still needed to sign a royal proclamation confirming the end of the last Parliament.
In the Daily Telegraph, for which Boris Johnson is a columnist, the PM compared his opponent Jeremy Corbyn to Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin. Johnson said he did not want the election, but “we simply have no choice…There is only one way to get Brexit done, and I am afraid the answer is to ask the people to change this blockading Parliament” wrote Johnson.
Johnson added: “It’s time to change the dismal pattern of the last three years and to get out of our rut.”
“The choice is clear. We can either go with Corbyn and his two favourite advisers, Dither and Delay… Or else we can vote for a sensible and moderate One Nation Conservative government”.
According to the BBC, Jeremy Corbyn has previously said a new Scottish independence referendum was not “desirable or necessary” – but the SNP’s Nicola Sturgeon said she believed Labour would give the go-ahead for one if in government.
At his own campaign event, Corbyn said he would be a “very different kind of prime minister” who “only seeks power in order to share power”.
He said Labour is “well prepared and utterly determined” to win power to “transform” the country and said recent comments by Tory candidates about the Grenfell tragedy were “shameful” and suggested his opponents felt there were “above us all”.
He said the election was a once-in-a-generation chance to “tear down the barriers that are holding people back” and to “rebuild” the NHS, schools and the police force.