Britons Set For December Election To Solve Brexit Deadlock
Britain will hold its first December election in almost a century after Prime Minister Boris Johnson won approval from parliament for an early ballot aimed at breaking the Brexit deadlock.
MPs in the House of Commons voted 438-20 in favour of the pre-Christmas poll. it.
Johnson, who had promised to deliver Brexit on October 31 - "do or die" - demanded an early election after parliament frustrated his attempts to ratify the last-minute deal he struck with the EU earlier this month.
In a parliamentary success for Johnson after a string of defeats, his bill calling for a December 12 election was approved. The bill now goes to the House of Lords.
Before the vote, Johnson had said parliament was obstructing Brexit and thus damaging the economy by preventing investment decisions, and corroding faith in democracy.
"There is only one way to get Brexit done in the face of this unrelenting parliamentary obstructionism.... and that is, Mr Speaker, to refresh this parliament and give the people a choice," Johnson said.
The first Christmas election in Britain since 1923 would be highly unpredictable: The Brexit process has variously fatigued and enraged swathes of voters while eroding traditional loyalties to the two major parties, Conservative and Labour.
Some politicians feel an election so close to Christmas could irritate voters, while campaigning and getting the vote out could be hampered by cold winter weather and darkness setting in by mid-afternoon.
Ultimately, voters would have a choice between an emboldened Johnson pushing for his Brexit deal or a socialist government under Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn renegotiating the deal before another referendum.
The election result will be announced in the early hours of Friday the 13th. If no party wins conclusively, the Brexit deadlock would continue.