Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday won parliament's backing for an early election. May had earlier asked parliament to back her decision saying the result would help unify parliament behind her Brexit plan and prevent instability.
The motion passed with 522 members of parliament in favour and 13 against.
TRT World's Sarah Morice brings more from London.
Opposition considers May an "opportunist"
Addressing a rowdy parliament, she said moving the election would avoid a clash of priorities in the most sensitive final stages of the two-year talks, ignoring criticism from opposition politicians that she was opportunistic and untrustworthy.
May, who has described herself as "not a showy politician," also said she would not take part in television debates before the election, preferring to talk directly to voters.