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Third time lucky? PM to launch another bid for an early general election

Third time lucky? PM to launch another bid for an early general election

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced he will try for a general election on 12 December 2019.

The leader of the House of Commons, Jacob Rees-Mogg told MPs that the government would table a motion on Monday calling for an early general election just before Christmas. In order for the election to be held, two-thirds of MPs must vote for it, under the 2011 Fixed-Term Parliament Act.

The attempt to hold an early general election will not be the first attempt by Boris Johnson, who has tried twice already to hold such a vote order to break the Brexit deadlock.

Whether this attempt will be any different remains to be seen, but the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has already announced that his party will not support the motion for an early election.

Mr Corbyn said;

"Take no-deal off the table and we absolutely support a general election.

"I've been calling for an election ever since the last one because this country needs one to deal with all the social injustice issues - but no-deal must be taken off the table.

"The EU will decide whether there is an extension tomorrow... and then we can decide."

It is thought that an election may be backed by opposition parties if a significant Brexit extension is granted by the EU, which is widely expected to be until the end of January 2020 if granted. 

EU leaders are expected to give their verdict on whether to grant an extension and for how long on Friday - moving the Brexit exit date beyond the current date of October 31.

 

Photo Credit: EU2017EE Estonian Presidency [CC BY 2.0]

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