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UK opposition leader to support snap election

London / The leader of the United Kingdom’s opposition Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn on Tuesday said he would back a proposal to slate a snap general election in December now that the European Union had granted an extension to the Brexit process.

The change in stance came as Conservative Party Prime Minister Boris Johnson turned to two smaller opposition parties, the Liberal Democrats and the Scottish National Party, in search of an alternative way to pass legislation on an early election after his latest effort on Monday evening failed.

Corbyn’s left-leaning Labour had abstained during Monday’s vote, in which Johnson needed to secure the support of two-thirds of MPs in the House of Commons, the lower chamber of Parliament, as per the Fixed Term Parliament Act.

He only got the backing of 299 lawmakers.

Faced with this blockade, he looked toward the Liberal Democrats and the Scottish National Party, which have both suggested they would back legislation on early elections that would require a simple majority.

The next step would be to agree on a date.

Johnson had suggested 12 December, while the Lib Dems and the SNP have moved in favor of an earlier date.

The PM sees snap elections as a way of boosting his power in Parliament, where he is currently plagued by party rebels and shaky support from the Democratic Unionist Party.

The prospect of UK voters heading back to the polls became even more likely after the European Union granted an extension to the Brexit period, from 31 October to 31 January 2020.

Johnson had repeatedly said he would deliver Brexit by the end of the month but lawmakers passed an amendment forcing him to send a letter to Brussels requesting an extension on 19 October. (October 29, 2019, EFE/Practica Español)

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Principalmente, en el texto se habla de... (Mainly, it's said in the text that...)
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la decisión de la UE para posponer el 'brexit'.
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un proyecto de ley que presentará el primer ministro británico.
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la aceptación de un adelanto electoral por el líder laborista.
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Según el texto, Corbyn... (According to the text, Corbyn...)
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anunció que aceptará ese adelanto electoral antes de que Johnson presente un proyecto de ley.
B
afirmó que su partido se opondrá a la celebración de unas elecciones anticipadas en Reino Unido.
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todavía sigue pensando que no es necesario que se celebren unas elecciones anticipadas.
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Según el texto, Corbyn hizo esas declaraciones... (According to the text, Corbyn made those statements...)
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justo cuando se anunció que la UE aprobó otra prórroga del 'brexit'.
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antes de que se sepa si la UE aprobará o no retrasar la fecha de salida del Reino Unido de la UE.
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un día después de conocerse que la UE aprobó otra prórroga del 'brexit'.
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Según el texto, Johnson... (According to the text, Johnson...)
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anunció oficialmente que las elecciones se celebrarán el 12 de diciembre.
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quiere que se apruebe un proyecto de ley para que haya elecciones el 12 de diciembre.
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logró ayer todo el apoyo del Parlamento para que se convoquen elecciones anticipadas.
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En el vídeo se dice que... (It's said in the video that...)
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el partido laborista se abstuvo en esa votación.
B
todos los parlamentarios votaron a favor para que se celebren elecciones anticipadas.
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es la primera vez que el Parlamento bloquea el intento de Johnson para que se celebren elecciones anticipadas.
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