Political shifts in the UK continue unabated, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to urge British lawmakers to hold national elections in December to break the Brexit impasse. The government needs at least two-thirds of legislators to back its motion, but the Labour Party has already stressed it won’t support the vote until the EU sets 31 January 2020 as the new Brexit deadline.
The Liberal Democrats and the Scottish National Party (SNP) also want to have an extension, however, their leaders have offered to amend the Fixed Term Parliament Act – which would need a simple majority – to hold elections on 9 December.
According to media reports, the Cabinet is bent on holding elections in December and will be considering “all options to get Brexit done” if the opposition Labour Party blocks its initial bid.
The UK Parliament approved PM Johnson’s divorce bill in principle after a series of heated disputes last week, but rejected an accelerated deadline for it, requiring the government to pause the law and let the MPs examine it while the European Union is deciding on another delay for the country.