Boris Johnson’s bid for early election clears first Commons hurdle

Boris Johnson's bid for a pre-Christmas general election has cleared its first Commons hurdle.

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.

MPs backed his Early Parliamentary General Election Bill at second reading without a formal vote.

Commons Speaker John Bercow said it was clear an "overwhelming majority" of MPs were in support of the legislation at second reading.

Possible timetable for December 12 general election
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But MPs could seek to amend the Bill as it undergoes further scrutiny in the Commons on Tuesday evening.