MPs, tonight, voted for a general election on 12th December 2019.
MPs voted in favour of the pre-Christmas election by 438 to 20; a majority of 418. The bill that seeks to implement a 12th December general election will now go to the House of Lords, who are expected to pass it through.
Tory backbencher and chairman of the hardline Brexit-supporting European Research Group, Steve Baker, told the Commons:
“On a serious note, this bill of course has to go through [the Lords] and I think if the other place were to put in amendments to this simple and straightforward bill, which sought to produce a particular outcome, I think we would have to say they have no right whatever to do that.
That it would be quite unconstitutional and I think they would be playing fire and indeed they would be playing with their own futures in that House were they to seek to amend this bill to produce a particular outcome.”
Boris Johnson received a winner’s reception as he arrived at a meeting of the Tory backbench 1922 Committee after the Commons vote. Conservative MPs cheered and banged the table as he arrived for the meeting in parliament.
On the election, Jo Swinson, leader of the Lib Dems, said:
“This general election will decide the future of our country for generations. It is our best chance to elect a government to stop Brexit.
The Liberal Democrats are the strongest party of Remain and will be standing on a manifesto to stop Brexit by revoking article 50.
This country deserves better than Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn and I am excited to take our positive, pro-European, liberal vision to the country as the Liberal Democrat candidate for prime minister.”
Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, said:
“This election is a once-in-a-generation chance to transform our country and take on the vested interests holding people back.
The choice at this election could not be clearer: A Labour government will be on your side; while Boris Johnson’s Conservatives, who think they’re born to rule, will only look after the privileged few.
We will now launch the most ambitious and radical campaign for real change that our country has ever seen. This is our chance to build a country for the many not the few and fit for the next generation.”
Meanwhile, Boris Johnson was seemingly playing down Tories’ chances:
PM leaving tells reporters as he leaves meeting: “It’s going to be a tough election but we will do the best we can.”— Rachel Wearmouth (@REWearmouth) 29 October 2019
Curious that he tries play down the Tories’ chance
Will this be the final general election before a Brexit happens?