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Brexit: British House of Commons debates early election

2019-10-28T17:15:43.680Z

Boris Johnson can not bring his Brexit deal through Parliament. Now he wants to vote on a new election. Does he get the necessary support? Our live blog



  • The EU has accepted a UK request for a three-month extension. The new exit date is January 31, 2020. The British House of Commons forced Prime Minister Boris Johnson to ask the EU for another respite.
  • Johnson wants to end the stalemate in parliament with a new election on 12 December. MEPs are to vote on this Monday. However, his chances of success are considered low because he needs a two-thirds majority in parliament for a new election.
  • The largest opposition Labor party rejects an early election so far. However, Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn has made it clear that his party will not stand in the way of a new election as soon as an exit without an agreement is ruled out.
  • Last week, the UK Parliament voted in favor of the Brexit Law of the Prime Minister. The EU and Britain have agreed on an agreement shortly before the EU summit in mid-October. Nevertheless, Johnson could not bring his deal through Parliament because the MPs rejected the timetable for the necessary legislation.
  • All important information about Brexit can be found on our topic page.

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18:12 October 28, 2019

Lawyer Caspar Iser

Boris Johnson is trying again to push for a fresh election . The deputies of the House of Commons are to vote on a proposal of the Prime Minister, which provides for an election on 12 December. Johnson had twice failed in parliament with a push to initiate an early election.

The British government does not have its own majority in parliament and relies on opposition votes. He needs the approval of two-thirds of the Members. Whether the motion goes through depends on the attitude of Labor's largest opposition party. Their boss Jeremy Corbyn had previously pointed out that his party would only agree to a new election, if a no-deal Brexit is excluded.

The EU has now approved a Brexit extension until the end of January to prevent unregulated Brexit on 31 October. If the ratification of the exit agreement succeeds beforehand, then the British exit from the EU is also possible before the deadline.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson had recently applied for pressure from the UK Parliament to extend the withdrawal until the end of January, even though he was determined to pull through Brexit on 31 October. However, when the House of Commons rejected a hasty ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement, this schedule was virtually unstoppable.


The debate in the House of Commons on an early election is expected to begin around 18:30. A vote is expected around 20 clock.


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    Source: zeit

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