It will not be easy. The Parliament of the United Kingdom does not trust Boris Johnson and this Monday has again rejected the proposal of the Prime Minister to hold general elections on December 12 . Under the Fixed Parliamentary Mandate Act of 2011, two thirds of the Chamber was necessary for the proposal to proceed. 299 deputies have voted in favor, 70, against. The Labor opposition has chosen to abstain.
The prime minister’s proposal had two parts. In exchange for the electoral advance, he undertook to bring the Brexit agreement reached with the EU back to Parliament so that the deputies had enough time to debate and vote on it. But the vote weighed a very relevant fact: if the EU would agree to grant a new extension on the date of departure from the United Kingdom. The doubt has cleared early in the morning. Brussels granted a new extension until January 31 . The game cards changed radically. The opposition does not want Johnson to run for elections with his approved Brexit agreement (last week he got nine more votes than he needed in first reading). The debate would have been settled and would leave most of the parties out of place.
That is why the Liberal Democrats and the Scottish nationalists have counterattacked with an offer that cornered the Prime Minister. They have been willing to give their votes to a bill that would, for once, annul the Fixed Parliamentary Mandate Law, and that it would only need a simple majority for approval. The text would serve to call elections on December 9 (those three days are very important, because university students would not have returned to their homes and would be more likely to vote. The young vote is crucial when it comes to Brexit). But the offer was linked to a condition that disrupts Johnson’s plans. It demands that the Government paralyze the processing of the Brexit agreement, and that it not be resumed until the polls are spoken. The closest thing to a second referendumde facto , which would allow Liberal Democrats and Scottish nationalists to campaign against Brexit.
The Labor Party, out of place in this last play, has given signs that it could end up supporting it.