Theresa May this morning made the shock announcement that she would seek an early geenral election on 8 June.
MPs will be asked to vote in favour of the motion tomorrow, but in the meantime, how is the news going down in and around the House of Commons?
Chancellor Philip Hammond is among the most senior members of government to have commented and, unsurprisingly, he seems to be on board.
PM's decision ensures strong leadership, certainty & stability. #GE2017— Philip Hammond (@PhilipHammondUK) April 18, 2017
The chair of May's policy board has also welcomed the surprise move to seek a vote on 8 June
In these momentous times we need a strong democracy: PM, Govmnt, Opposition & Parliament: TM spot on to clear her lines in #Nationalinterest— George Freeman MP (@Freeman_George) April 18, 2017
And former PM David Cameron may no longer be an MP, but his voice will still be a big endorsement for his successor...
Treasury committee member and Ilford North MP Wes Streeting is not thrilled about the order of the PM's decisions.
Theresa May must have planned this, so what the hell was she thinking starting the clock on A50 BEFORE poll? Reckless and irresponsible.— Wes Streeting MP (@wesstreeting) April 18, 2017
And Cardiff MP Jo Stevens seems equally unexcited
General election announcement followed by a fire alarm & evacuation of Portcullis House. What's next today?— Jo Stevens (@JoStevensLabour) April 18, 2017
Tim Farron is excitedly talking about fighting Theresa May's "hard Brexit", and fresh off the back of a stolen seat in Richmond and strong performances in other by-elections, Lib Dems - seem optimistic.
We've gained 1000 members in the last hour.— Lib Dem Press Office (@LibDemPress) April 18, 2017
This election is your chance to change the direction of our country. pic.twitter.com/8IWDxXA0A1
Meanwhile, up in Holyrood, first minister Nicola Sturgeon is warning that victory for May will bring deeper cuts to public services.
The Tories see a chance to move the UK to the right, force through a hard Brexit and impose deeper cuts. Let's stand up for Scotland. #GE17— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) April 18, 2017