UK to hold national election in December; Brexit delayed until January
Members of the UK parliament agreed in principle to prime minister Boris Johnson's new Brexit deal but blocked his attempts to pass it through parliament in time to deliver Brexit by October 31, 2019.
Members of parliament endorsed the government’s 'Early Parliamentary General Election Act 2019', allowing the government to hold a general election on December 12, 2019. This was Johnson's fourth attempt to trigger an early election. Current opinion polls give the Conservative party an average lead of more than ten points over Labour.
The EU agreed to extend the date the UK is due to leave the EU from October 31, 2019, to January 31, 2020.