Oct 29, 2019 - World

Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party to back snap U.K. election in December

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Photo: Kirsty Wigglesworth/WPA Pool/Getty Images

The U.K. Labour Party will support a snap general election in December, reports the BBC's Laura Kuenssberg.

Why it matters: The decision by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn all but guarantees that Britain will be heading to the polls for the third time in under five years.

  • Corbyn said in a statement that his party's condition of taking a no-deal Brexit off the table had been met with the European Union's decision to extend the Brexit deadline until Jan. 31, 2020.
  • He added, "We will now launch the most ambitious and radical campaign for real change our country has ever seen."

The big picture, via Axios' Dave Lawler: No election is due until 2022, but just about everyone agrees that the current Parliament is hopelessly deadlocked — with Johnson's minority government losing nearly every vote.

  • The fight is now about when to hold an election and on what terms.

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