United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson. – REUTERS / TOBY MELVILLE
The House of Commons of the United Kingdom on Tuesday approved the plan of Prime Minister Boris Johnson to hold early elections on December 12 to unlock the political crisis unleashed by Brexit.
The deputies have authorized the electoral call with 438 votes in favor and only 20 against, a sign that the parliamentary blockade begins to lighten after months of paralysis in Westminster.
Just before, the honorable members have rejected an amendment submitted by the Labor Party to set the appointment with the polls on December 9 and also proposed to “expand the right to vote” so that 16 and 17-year-old Britons can also participate , as well as EU citizens who are registered in the United Kingdom.
A spokesman for Downing Street had warned that if Parliament approved the Labor amendment, Johnson would cancel plans to hold new elections because they considered this would be a six-month delay.
The 'premier' has thus achieved the early elections he was looking for months ago, especially after Parliament refused to carry out an express processing of the new Brexit agreement negotiated by Johnson and the European Union.
The electoral call has been possible, mainly, thanks to the support of the Labor Party, whose leader, Jeremy Corbyn, already said that he would give his 'placet' if the chaotic Brexit was discarded, something that happened on Monday when the EU granted the Kingdom to 27 Joined a new extension, until January 31, 2021, to leave the community block.
“These elections are a unique opportunity for a whole generation to transform our country,” Corbyn said, announcing that the Labor Party will launch “the most ambitious and radical campaign to achieve real change” in the United Kingdom.
Johnson, meanwhile, has been received in applause by his people upon his arrival at the 1922 Committee, governing bodies of the Conservative Party in Parliament. They are going to be “hard elections,” the head of government told the BBC.
Although it is already taken for granted, the proposal to hold early elections on December 12 has yet to be ratified by the House of Lords. Once this parliamentary process is completed, Westminster will be dissolved, predictably, on November 6.
Johnson's expectation is that, with a new conservative majority Parliament, he will get approval of the new Brexit agreement and the divorce will be consummated on January 31 without further delay. “It is time to unite the country and get Brexit,” he told deputies 'tories' in the 1922 Committee, according to Reuters.