Brexit Update: UK Election Time is December 12

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Another important update from the Brexit front. There will be a general election in the United Kingdom on December 12 of this year. When the EU granted the UK an extension until January 31st of 2020, there was no more reason for Bors Johnson not to ask for a general election.

At first, it looked like it wasn’t going to happen, as Johnson needed a two-thirds majority of parliament to approve his request for an election.

The Guardian reports:

Boris Johnson won his fourth bid to go to the polls by 438 to 20 after Jeremy Corbyn declared that Labour would support an election as a “once-in-a-generation chance to transform our country”.

Corbyn set the stage for his campaign by calling on voters to kick out Johnson’s Conservatives who think they are “born to rule”, while Jo Swinson, the Lib Dem leader, said it was “our best chance to elect a government to stop Brexit”.

Speaking earlier in the House of Commons, Johnson argued that a “new and revitalised” parliament was needed to take Britain out of the European Union. “We are left with no choice but to go to the country to break free from this impasse,” he told MPs.

Polling experts have said the result is likely to be hard to gauge, with the British Election Survey suggesting a third of voters have switched parties in the last two elections.

Read the full story here.

Will the House of Lords approve?

The BBC further reports:

By a margin of 438 votes to 20, the House of Commons approved legislation paving the way for the first December election since 1923.

The bill is still to be approved by the Lords but could become law by the end of the week.

If that happens, there will be a five-week campaign up to polling day.

The prime minister has said the public must be “given a choice” over the future of Brexit and the country.

Read the full story here.

UK Government stops no-deal Brexit planning!

In another article, the Guardian reports that the UK Government has stopped planning for a no-deal Brexit.

Government’s no-deal Brexit planning operation stood down
Operation Yellowhammer, Whitehall’s no-deal Brexit planning effort, has been shelved, the government has confirmed.

While it’s understood that some planning for such an eventuality will continue because the government’s official position is that the possibility of it yet happening remains open, Yellowhammer has been stood down operationally.

Read more on that here.

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