Vote to take place on prime minister’s call for December election
Boris Johnson has announced that if he is granted an election on December 12, he will endeavour to make his Brexit deal bill law.
It has just been announced that the EU have granted the UK another extension to their withdrawal from the European Union, moving the date of departure to January 31.
The legislation also ensures that the UK cannot renegotiate their departure from the EU in the future. Prior to this, Johnson had insisted the UK would leave the EU on October 31 with or without a deal.
MPs will vote on Johnson’s December election after five o’clock today and the prime minister requires two-thirds of MPs to support his call for an election. The leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, has stated that his party will not support the call for an election unless a no-deal Brexit is ruled out. It is believed, therefore, that Labour MPs will abstain from the vote.
The government’s call for an election will also be blocked by the SNP, who have agreed to cooperate with the Liberal Democrats in support of an election on December 9.
The parties have proposed changes to the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011, which would allow for an election to be called for by a majority of MPs as opposed to two-thirds of them.
Jo Swinson, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, said that she had written to Johnson regarding the potential election, but as yet had not received a reply.
She stated that her actions were to prevent the prime minister from "ramming through his Brexit bill".
Lucy Powell, the Labour MP for Manchester Central, stated “what we've seen from the Liberal Democrats and the SNP is trying to shape the terms of that election in a way that would favour them the most. It's pure playing of politics.”
Gavin Wilkinson, the current education secretary, noted that "The best way is to vote for the motion tonight. This parliament is totally broken. Let the people decide the next step forward."