In another twist, Downing Street's director of communications, Katie Perrior, quit: "Always said I wouldn't stay past an election".
"However, on the current polling, the likelihood is we will be left with a Government on a more secure footing that will ensure Brexit means Brexit".
MPs must approve decision to dissolve Parliament part-way through full term.
Media captionJeremy Corbyn: "I want to lead a government that will transform this country" Could she lose?
"I am pleased she has made this decision - it will be good to get a firm mandate for when we are negotiating with the European Union over Brexit".
"Ultimately, we see potential for the election to be a significant positive for the United Kingdom in the medium term, as the victorious party is likely to hold greater authority".
"At this moment of enormous national significance there should be unity here in Westminster, but instead there is division".
"We need a general election and we need one now" said May, in the shock announcement.
It is also a risky roll of the political dice.
She is hoping to win a stronger position in the House of Commons, where her Conservative Party has a small majority.
Most parliamentary systems require elections to be called at certain times (at least every so many years, that sort of thing).
The party's MEP for the East of England Alex Mayer said: "The Prime Minister is playing with fire holding an early general election this June".
In an unexpected statement at Downing Street, May said she was starting the process of calling a vote, less than halfway through the government's term, BBC reported.
As Conservative chairwoman in 2002, she made waves by suggesting the Tories were seen as "the nasty party" and needed to overhaul their image - something that they did under Cameron's leadership.
Asked if he was the next prime minister, Mr Corbyn said: 'If we win the election, yes. "So, tomorrow, let the House of Commons vote for an election, let everybody put forward their proposals for Brexit and their programmes for government, and let us remove the risk of uncertainty and instability and continue to give the country the strong and stable leadership it demands".
Liberal Democrat Julie Ireland said the party was "excited and delighted" by the news, confirming she would be running for Col. Stewart's seat. He continued to explained: "If you want to avoid a disastrous Hard Brexit".
The dramatic announcement caps almost a year of tumult in British politics following the Brexit vote in June 2016 that included the resignation of May's predecessor David Cameron and her rapid rise to power last year.
Prime Minister Theresa May last month formally triggered Britain's exit talks, nine months after the country voted in a referendum to leave the EU. She added that her decision wasn't "about political games" but "about what is right for the country".
MPs will vote on Wednesday to approve her plan. But even that basic framework - which spelled out that Britain would leave the EU's single market - caused divisions in her party and involved several rounds of deliberations before a coherent plan could be presented.
Hogan Lovells US LLP, Latham and Watkins LLP and Simpson Thacher Bartlett LLP are serving as legal counsel to Aspen and KSL. The following year, Squaw Valley USA and Alpine Meadows, two of the largest ski resorts at Lake Tahoe, combined operations.
In this Thursday, April 13, 2017, photo, a man uses a Bank of America ATM near the company's headquarters in Charlotte, N.C. The banking giant repurchased a net of $2.3 billion in common stock and paid out $0.8 billion in common stock dividends.
CCTV catches the moment bullets - which were allegedly aimed at a tattoo shop next door - whizz past the child's head. Hart was arrested and faces a number of charges, including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and endangerment.
Attorneys for Dao filed court papers Wednesday asking the airline and the city of Chicago to preserve evidence in the case. It's also worth noting this third apology came after the United Airlines stock lost $250 million in market value.
Being introduced in the USA first, users will be able to use PayPal in Android Pay at all retailers accepting Android Pay . All current Android devices that support Pay (4.4 KitKat and above) will have access to the PayPal integration.
We already know that there's going to be a Moto Z2 this year too, and that will obviously serve as the successor to the Moto Z. The report adds both phones will use a MediaTek chipsets, though according to this Moto C Plus will have 64-bit processor.
Palmer Murray said Brown is happily living in Duanvale, Jamaica - where her family has lived for 200 years - and is doing well. A 117-year-old Jamaican Baptist woman is now the world's oldest human, according to the Gerontology Research Group.
Census finds typical Aust a 38yo woman
The typical migrant was born in England and is 44 years old, two years younger than the 46 years old of a decade ago. There's a little more room out west, and Paul has a house with four bedrooms as opposed to everyone else's three.
Arconic CEO resigns amid pressure from Elliott
Alcoa split in two in November 2016, creating Arconic for its growth-oriented businesses such as aerospace and automotive. With Kleinfeld's resignation, Elliott Management's core objective - a CEO change - has been realized, Arconic stated.
Cotton booed for defending Trump on tax returns
I mean you see. really?" "No, I said, 'I'd have to get back to you on that.' I think that he is still under audit". And he had previously suggested that the ex-businessman could offer those returns to the public on Tax Day.
Lyrid meteor showers expected to peak on Saturday
In the article "All You Need to Know: Lyrid Meteors", the organization writes, "It's active each year from about April 16 to 25". If you aren't keen on awaking super early to see the meteors, or staying up very late, there are other sights in the night sky.
Arkansas vows to keep pushing for executions despite setback
It is scheduled to hear two more death penalty cases on April 24, the date two more Arkansas prisoners are slated for execution. One of them, the sedative midazolam, has been associated with botched executions in Alabama, Arizona, Ohio and Oklahoma.
President Trump visiting Kenosha on Tuesday
Scott Walker is expected to take part in the event, however, House Speaker Paul Ryan is out of the country and will not attend. Trump plans to sign an order in Wisconsin to tighten rules on technology companies bringing in highly skilled foreign workers.
New SUV Audi Q8 to be produced only in Bratislava
AUDI IS MOVING FAST to capitalize on the booming SUV market by rolling out a model to fill the gaps in its current line-up. The 2019 Audi Q4 will be built using Volkswagen's MQB platform, the same one that was used for the second-generation Q3.
Crystal Palace v Leicester City
Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend had yet to be born when this occurred. "Unfortunately for me, players forgot", said Allardyce. The Belgian global striker scored the equaliser as Palace fought back from two goals down to earn a point at Selhurst Park.
Telangana hikes quota for Muslims, tribals
KCR exhibited belligerence when he said: "I will not beg the Centre, but am going to fight to get the Bill implemented". Citywise, Hyderabad has the largest concentration whereas Khammam has the loswest population of Muslims.
Revamped Mercedes S-Class to hit showrooms in July
Meanwhile, there are also changes to how the car's self-driving status is communicated to the person behind the wheel . The S560 and S560 4Matic use a new 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, with 463 hp and 516 lb-ft.