The Prime Minister has announced a vote on a snap general election in a speech at Downing Street this morning.
Theresa May announced that the election will be held on June 8, nearly three years earlier than scheduled.
Under the terms of the Fixed Term Parliaments Act of 2011, Ms May must put her plan for an early election before Parliament. However this is expected to pass with the required two-thirds majority.
The Tories currently have a majority of only 17 seats in Parliament, but the divisions in the Labour Party may enable it to increase this figure significantly following the election.
Announcing her decision, the Prime Minister said that, while the country is united behind Brexit, Parliament currently is not.
"At this moment of enormous national significance there should be unity here in Westminster" Ms May said.
"At this moment of enormous national significance there should be unity here in Westminster."