What does it all mean?

This site is optimised for modern web browsers, and does not fully support your version of Internet Explorer Theresa May calls a general election Image caption MPs vote on whether to hold a snap election on Wednesday’s – it’s expected they will say yes

We get answers to your questions after Theresa May called a surprise general election, taking place in seven weeks.

The prime minister revealed her plan outside Downing Street on Tuesday morning.

Se says the vote will deliver “certainty”, “stability” and “strong leadership” as Britain exits the European Union.

No-one saw it coming but Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says he welcomes the decision.

We put some of your questions to the BBC’s Reality Check team.

A snap election is an election called earlier than we thought – in this case, the next one was expected in May 2020. We haven’t had a snap election for ages. The last time Britain went to the polls by surprise was back in 1974.

Article 50 has already been triggered meaning the UK will leave the EU at the end of March 2019. There is no formal process for calling off Brexit, but it might be possible if the British government wanted it to happen. Both the Conservative and Labour Party say they want to carry out last year’s vote to leave the EU, so calling off Brexit looks very unlikely.

The pound has fallen substantially against the euro since last year’s referendum result, but, at the news of the election, it climbed to a five-month high. It is very difficult to predict changes in the future.

The prime minister won’t be ditching the law ensuring an election takes place every five years, meaning it’s likely the next general election will take place in May 2022. But as the past couple of years have shown, politics is very unpredictable at the moment.

Unlike in 2015 UKIP are going into this campaign with no MPs, but this doesn’t mean they are giving up. Their new leader Paul Nuttall says “this election will provide a perfect opportunity for the 52% to vote for UKIP, the only party wholeheartedly committed to a clean, quick and efficient Brexit”.

We don’t know for sure. Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon wants another referendum before spring 2019, but Theresa May has said the Brexit negotiations mean “now is not the time”. If parties win or lose seats north of the border, it might change the tone of the debate.

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This election will decide the 650 MPs who will sit in the House of Commons and vote on laws about Brexit, the economy, health, education, and other important issues. The next prime minister will be the leader of the party that manages to win majority of the seats – 326.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn would change our foreign policy. He has criticised Theresa May for being too close to new US President Donald Trump. He is also very critical of the current government’s policies towards Israel, Syria and Yemen.

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