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U.K. Parliament Set to Back Early Election But Argue Over Date

U.K. Parliament Set to Back Early Election But Argue Over Date

Britain appeared on course on Tuesday for an early general election that could break the country’s political deadlock over Brexit.

Opposition lawmakers backed in principle the government’s request to send voters to the polls in December – though Prime Minister Boris Johnson still faced a tussle over the exact date.

The road to polling day opened up when the main opposition Labour Party, which for weeks had opposed Johnson’s call for a 12 December election, changed its position.

That sent the bill over its first hurdle in parliament, and onto a debate about the timing.

Final votes in the House of Commons to approve the election and fix the date were due later on Tuesday.

First, though, lawmakers were to vote on a Labour amendment calling for it to be held on 9 December.

Labour lawmaker Cat Smith said the earlier date would mean more students could vote because universities would not have begun their Christmas holidays.

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