MPs are in support of the general election, pending now on what happens later this evening
Will it pass through all stages in the House of Commons later today?
Even though MPs approved an election, it does not necessarily mean there will be one before Christmas, with several hurdles still left for the PM to clear before he can go to the country.
First, MPs could amend the Bill as it undergoes further scrutiny later on this evening in the Commons. It could also be blocked in the House of Lords.
These hurdles aside, Commons Speaker John Bercow said it was clear an “overwhelming majority” of MPs were in support of the general election legislation at its second reading.
MPs have given approval to Boris Johnson’s request for a general election before Christmas, in principle, however amendments to the Bill may now be added.
The chances a general election clearing its first hurdle were dramatically improved when Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn announced his party was “ready for an election”.
The prime minister wants to go to the polls on December 12, declaring the need for a “new and revitalised” Parliament which is able to deliver Brexit.
But there have been suggestions he may pull the Bill if MPs decide to bring the PM’s election date forward by three days, to December 9.
Cabinet minister Brandon Lewis explained the government is insisting on a December 12 election because it leaves time to get “bits of legislation done” before Parliament is dissolved for 25 days to make way for the election.
18:00: European Council president Donald Tusk says the EU has formally adopted a Brexit extension until 31 January adding “it may be the last one” (17:00 GMT)
16:00: MPs have approved the timetable for the Early General Election Bill to pass through all stages in the House of Commons today (15:00 GMT)
16:00: MPs vote in favour of an amendment tabled by Labour MP Stella Creasy to make it easier to amend the Early General Election Bill (15:00 GMT)
14:00: Liberal Democrat MP Heidi Allen has said she will not stand in the next general election adding that she is “exhausted by the invasion” into her privacy and “the nastiness and intimidation that has become commonplace.”(13:00 GMT)
More updates to follow…
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