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British Parliament approves early election in the UK on December 12

The British Parliament has approved pre-election bills in the country under which voting will be held on December 12.

The United Kingdom will hold a general election on Thursday, December 12, after members of Parliament backed Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s bid for a snap poll.

The House of Commons on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly by 438-20 to back a bill brought forward by Johnson to allow a pre-Christmas election to “refresh this parliament” and “break free from the impasse” on Brexit.

MPs had rejected three previous attempts by the prime minister to secure a general election because of fears he would use the election campaign period to take the UK out of the European Union without a deal.

However, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Tuesday that he was now willing to back an early general election after the EU formally agreed to delay Brexit until next year.

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