Brexit on hold as December general election backed
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With the election locked in, the main parties are kicking off their election campaigns.
Boris Johnson received a rapturous reception as he arrived at a meeting of the Conservative Party's 1922 Committee after his bid for an early general election cleared the Commons, according to PA news agency. MPs cheered and banged the table as he arrived for the meeting in Parliament.
Meanwhile on Twitter, the Labour Party called the election “a once-in-a-generation chance to rebuild and transform our country.”
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn reacted by posting a campaign video:
Liberal Democrats leader Jo Swinson said the election will "decide the future of our country for generations. It is our best chance to elect a government to stop Brexit."
The Liberal Democrats are the strongest party of Remain and will be standing on a manifesto to stop Brexit by revoking Article 50.
This country deserves better than Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn, and I am excited to take our positive, pro-European, liberal vision to the country as the Liberal Democrat candidate for Prime Minister.
The British Parliament will be dissolved next Wednesday, the leader of the House of Commons, Jacob Rees-Mogg said told the house this evening.
The December 12 poll -- backed this evening by MPs -- will be the third time in four years that the country will hold a general election.
In fact, British voters have had their say in some sort of election every single year for the past five years:
- May 2019: European Parliament election (some parts of the UK also held local council elections)
- May 2018: Local council elections in England
- June 2017: General election
- June 2016: Brexit referendum
- May 2015: General election
- September 2014: Scottish independence referendum
A vote on Thursday, December 12 means the UK will get election results on Friday, December 13.
Lawmakers in the House of Commons have voted to hold a snap poll on Thursday, 12 December in an attempt to break the political impasse over Brexit.
It must now go to the House of Lords to be signed off.
Lawmakers in the House of Commons are now voting on the main motion of holding a snap election on December 12.
Results are expected in about 15 minutes.
Lawmakers rejected the Labour Party's amendment to move the date to Monday, December 9.
It was defeated by 315 votes to 295.
The government favors December 12.
... here's a picture from the 1923 poll, the last time a UK general election happened in December.