UK: MEPs approve early legislative elections on 12 December

Prime Minister Boris Johnson hopes to regain a majority and bring the United Kingdom out of the European Union.

British MPs on Tuesday approved early parliamentary elections on December 12, in which Prime Minister Boris Johnson hopes to regain a majority and implement his promise to leave the United Kingdom of the European Union.

The text calling the vote, the third general election in four years, was adopted by an overwhelming majority of 438 votes for (20 against) in the House of Commons, which had previously rejected an amendment of the Labor opposition setting the date of the vote to December 9.

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Elections are "the only way now to move this country forward," Prime Minister Boris Johnson told MPs, denouncing "parliamentary obstructionism." These elections will be the third in four years, after an advance poll in 2017, already with the Brexit in the background, two years after the 2015 election.

No Brexit before the elections

On Monday, the House of Commons rejected the government's text calling for elections on December 12, the approval of which required a two-thirds majority. But resolved to put an end to this "paralysis", Boris Johnson had immediately organized a new vote on Tuesday, taking advantage of the subtleties of the British electoral system: his text requires only a simple majority, but it is amendable.

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In addition to the procedure, what has changed in 24 hours is that the opposition has obtained the assurance that there would be no Brexit before the elections: Boris Johnson has indeed committed not to resubmit to the deputies, before the dissolution of Parliament, the divorce agreement negotiated with the EU.

The conservative leader came to power in July, promising that Brexit would take place "no matter what" on October 31. He had assured that he preferred to be "dead at the bottom of a ditch" rather than ask for a new adjournment but in the meantime had to eat his hat.

New deadline

He even urged the EU countries not to give Brexit a new deadline if "the Parliament resists" and blocks the organization of elections. Originally scheduled for March 29, the Brexit had already been postponed to April 12 and October 31.

The new postponement provides for a deadline of 31 January but with the possibility for the United Kingdom to leave on 30 November or 31 December in case of ratification of the divorce agreement before these deadlines.

The Europeans, however, said they ruled out any renegotiation of the agreement with Boris Johnson and called on London to propose a British candidate for a European commissioner post, as the UK remains in the EU longer than expected .

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