UK is likely to face a general Election this December, first since 1923. The confirmation on this and the clarity on the dates could come by Wednesday. However, it will most likely be on December 10 or 11 December.
That being the case, the Parliament should be dissolved in the next few days only to return a few weeks earlier to the new Brexit date on January 31.
Jeremy Corbyn who had been escaping elections for a while is reported to have agreed because no deal is off the table.
We have now heard from the EU that the extension of Article 50 to January 31 has been confirmed, so for the next three months, our condition of taking no deal off the table has now been met, adding, We will now launch the most ambitious and radical campaign for real change our country has ever seen.
Jeremy Corbyn might have given a nod to the election but the PM is adamant on on extending the right to vote to 16 and 17 year olds or to the EU Nationals.
Brexit has caused the resignation of two prime ministers, reshuffling of party membership and now the second general elections.
The shift by Labour meant Prime Minister Boris Johnson looked likely to get Parliament’s backing for his election-triggering bill though a last-minute hitch arose when opposition lawmakers announced they would try to change the legislation to extend the voting franchise to millions of teenagers and European citizens.
The government said it would abandon the bill if that plan succeeds.
Johnson is pushing for a Dec 12 election in hopes of breaking the parliamentary stalemate that blocked his plan to take Britain out of the European Union this month. This week the EU granted Britain a three-month Brexit extension until Jan. 31.
Johnson who has had to abandon his vow to lead Britain out of the EU on Oct. 31 “do or die” accused his opponents of wanting to prolong the Brexit process “until the 12th of never.”
He told lawmakers in Parliament on Tuesday there was no choice but “to go to the country to break free from this impasse.”
“There is only one way to get Brexit done in the face of this unrelenting parliamentary obstructionism, this endless, willful, fingers crossed, ‘not me guv’ refusal to deliver on the mandate of the people and that is to refresh this Parliament and give the people a choice,” Johnson said.
For weeks, opposition parties have defeated Johnson’s attempts to trigger an election. But now that Brexit has been delayed, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said his opposition party would vote in favor of an early election because the prospect that Britain could crash out of the EU without a divorce deal had been taken off the table.
“I’ve said consistently, when no-deal is off the table we will back an election,” Corbyn said. “Today, after much denial and much bluster by the prime minister that deal is officially off the table, so this country can vote for the government that it deserves.”
Labour’s shift means the U.K. is likely headed for its first December election since 1923. As it stands, Britain is not scheduled to hold a general election until 2022.
On Monday, Johnson proposed a Dec. 12 election under a different procedure that required a two-thirds majority in the House of Commons but lawmakers voted it down Johnson’s third such defeat.
The House of Commons was scheduled to vote later Tuesday on a government bill calling for a Dec. 12 election. Unlike Monday’s vote, it only needs a simple majority to pass. Corbyn’s support means it’s likely to succeed
A last-minute obstacle emerged, however, when opposition parties announced plans to try to amend the terms of an early election to lower the voting age from 18 to 16 and expand the voting base to include citizens of the 27 other EU nations who are living in Britain.
It was unclear whether those amendments would be selected for vote. Johnson’s 10 Downing Street office said that if either of them passed, the government would withdraw the bill.
Conservative lawmaker Tobias Ellwood said the proposals to expand the franchise were “something that I don’t think the country has had a debate about, important though it might be.”
“I believe they’re beyond the scope of this bill,” he told Sky News.
Opposition politicians also could press the government to alter the election date.
The Liberal Democrats and Scottish National Party have proposed an earlier election date of Dec. 9 to reduce the possibility that Johnson could try to pass his EU divorce bill which would allow Britain to leave the bloc and hand Johnson a major political achievement before the campaign begins.
Liberal Democrat lawmaker Chuka Ummuna suggested his party could accept a compromise date of Dec. 10 or 11.
“We have got to break the gridlock,” he said.
Johnson took office in July vowing to “get Brexit done” after his predecessor, Theresa May, resigned in defeat. But the Conservative leader, who said just weeks ago that he would “rather be dead in a ditch” than postpone the Oct. 31 Brexit date, was forced by Parliament to seek the extension in order to avoid a no-deal Brexit, which would damage the economies of both Britain and the EU.
Johnson plans to campaign as a leader who has a viable, strong Brexit plan for the country but who has been stymied by an anti-democratic opposition and a bureaucratic EU.
On Tuesday, he accused opponents of betraying voters’ decision to leave the EU. He declared that without an early election, the British government would be like the cartoon character Charlie Brown, “endlessly running up to kick the ball only to have Parliament whisk it away.”
An election is a risk, though, not only for Johnson’s Conservatives but also for Labour. Opinion polls currently give Johnson’s Conservatives a lead over Labour, but there’s a strong chance that an election could produce a Parliament as divided over Brexit as the current one. And the last time a Conservative government called an early election, in 2017, it backfired, and the party lost its majority in Parliament.
Voters are weary of politicians from all sides after more than three years of Brexit drama, and all the parties are worried about a backlash from grumpy voters asked to go to the polls at the darkest, coldest time of the year.
“We all know that a poll in December is less than ideal,” said Pete Wishart, a lawmaker with the opposition Scottish National Party. “But it is worth that risk in order that we remove this prime minister.”
(With inputs from Associated Press)