Somewhat unkindly, some papers are saying May called the election because she feared the controversial Corbyn was about to resign and she would face a stronger Opposition leader.
"If you look at the timetable, had the election been in 2020 we would have been coming up to the most crucial part of the negotiations, at the end of the negotiations, in what would be starting to be the run-up to a general election".
Opening the debate on the motion to authorise the snap poll, Mrs May said it was time "put our fate in the hands of the people and let the people decide".
An early election would therefore be the fourth big vote in four years after the general election of 2015.
In a preview of her election strategy, Mrs May said: "I will be taking out to the country in this campaign a proud record of a Conservative government".
European Union officials say Britain's surprise election will not interrupt the bloc's preparations for Brexit talks - though they will slightly delay the start of negotiations.
Labour Scottish leader, Kezia Dugdale, was also in London meeting with United Kingdom party leader Jeremy Corbyn and attending the party's National Executive Committee.
The prime minister, who took office after David Cameron resigned following the European Union vote, is seeking a personal mandate for her plan to pull Britain out of Europe's single market.
It could be worse for the Prime Minister. Demmer said Wednesday: "The German government assumes that the negotiations can be continued without disruption".
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Bale said a bigger majority would give May a new batch of loyal Conservative lawmakers and leave her less at the mercy of euroskeptics in her party "who otherwise could have made negotiations much more hard". It's something that critics have thrown at her along the way as she has put herself at the front of the Brexit - a process that has pegged itself on giving control back to the British Parliament and people.
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who is pressing for an independence referendum, said May was making a "huge political miscalculation" that would bolster her Scottish National Party.
She claimed a large Conservative majority would strengthen the Government's hand in getting a good Brexit deal and provide "strong and stable leadership in the national interest".
When news of the snap election came through, I was appropriately on Worm's Head in Gower, the UK's tightest parliamentary constituency with a Conservative majority of 27.
Brok said that could help "so that we can conduct the negotiations professionally in the next 1 ½ years to reach a sensible result that reduces the damage".
The party hailed a membership surge which saw more than 5,000 people join and the party website temporarily crash in the hours following the news of a June 8 vote. "I hope the former will be the case".
Ms May said: "I think it is right that schools are best placed to prioritise the needs of their pupils and can use their funding to ensure that they are supporting any pupil facing disadvantage, financial or otherwise". He added: "If it isn't a triumphant success, it will be to some extent a personal failure".
The Conservatives will be playing a defensive game in remain-voting marginals in greater London, the south and south-west against the Liberal Democrats, while also seeking to take seats off Labour in the Midlands and north of England.
Mrs May told The Sun "the Europeans might have seen that as a time of weakness when they could push us" but "now we will be much freer".