At exactly one minute past mid-night today, the UK parliament officially dissolved and will not resume work until after the general election on June 8.
Prime Minister Theresa May called for the election last month to strengthen her hand in negotiations for Britain to leave the European Union. By UK law, the parliament is dissolved 25 working days before an election takes place.
Lawmakers are stripped of the privileges of being a member of parliament, and if standing for reelection, must campaign alongside other candidates while government ministers remain in charge of their departments until after the result of the election is known and a new administration is formed.
Today, she will visit Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace to gain formal approval for the dissolution.