LONDON: UK Parliamentarians have broken the deadlock over the Brexit deal by supporting Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s call for a general election on December 12.
The call won 438 to 20 after Jeremy Corbyn declared that Labour would support an election as a “once-in-a-generation chance to transform our country”, said a Guardian report. The pre-Christmas vote will be the first December poll since 1923.
The Liberal Democrats and Scottish National party abstained, after their preferred day for it to be held – 9 December – was rejected. Almost half of all Labour MPs were absent or voted against the legislation in a sign of unhappiness about a snap election, the report said.
If the House of Lords approves, the decision, as expected within this week, the Parliament would be dissolved by next Wednesday for a campaign of five weeks.
Johnson hopes the election will give him a fresh mandate for his Brexit deal and break the current deadlock in Parliament, which has led to the UK's exit from the EU.
The Prime Minister told his Conservative Party colleagues it was time for the country to come together to get the Brexit done.
"It will be a tough election and we are going to do the best we can<" he added.