Tim Farron has said the general election represents a chance to "change the direction" of the UK as he pitched himself as the man to stop the so-called 'hard Brexit.'
Farron issued a statement in response to Theresa May's speech outside 10 Downing Street, where she announced she would lobby the House of Commons to overturn the Fixed-Term Parliament Act.
The Prime Minister announced she intended for the vote to be held on June 8.
In responding to this, the Liberal Democrat leader told the party's website: "This election is your chance to change the direction of our country.
“If you want to avoid a disastrous hard Brexit, to keep Britain in the Single Market, a Britain which is open, tolerant and united, this is your chance.
"Only the Liberal Democrats can prevent a Conservative majority.”
The Prime Minister will need a majority of two-thirds of the House of Commons to hold the election once the vote reaches the floor.