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UK prepares for 12 December general election

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The UK is ready to go to the polls on 12 December after MPs supported Boris Johnson’s call for an election following months of Brexit stalemate. By a margin of 438 votes to 20, the House of Commons approved legislation making the way for the first December election since 1923.The bill continues to be approved by the Lords but could become law by the end of the week. If it really happens, there will be a five-week campaign up to polling day. The prime minister wants the public must be given a choice over the future of Brexit and the country. Mr Johnson stated that the stand the election will give him a fresh mandate for his Brexit deal and break the current Parliamentary standstill, which has led to the UK’s exit being further, delayed to 31 January. He has reabsorbed 10 of the 21 Conservative MPs he drop out of the party for rebelling over Brexit, permitting them to stand as Conservative candidates. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn claimed that his election is a once-in-a-generation chance to change UK and take on the personal interests holding people back. He voiced that his party would now introduce the most ambitious and extreme campaign for true change that UK has ever witnessed. Some Labour MPs have expressed doubts over the timing of the election, assuming only another referendum can settle the Brexit question for good. More than 100 Labour MPs did not take part or abstained in Tuesday’s pivotal vote, while 11 voted against an election. A total of 127 Labour MPs, including Mr Corbyn, supported the election. The Liberal Democrats and the SNP pointed their support for an election earlier this week, justifying it was now the best way of ceasing Brexit. Mr Corbyn earlier on Monday stated that he now supported the idea because the EU’s decision to delay Brexit for three months had taken a no-deal departure from the desk. Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson said neither Mr Johnson nor Mr Corbyn was worthy to be prime minister and it was not unimaginable that her party could form the next government. She is standing as a candidate to be the next prime minister and in these erratic a political time is definitely possible. The SNP’s Kirsty Blackman said her party was determined to do everything to cease Scotland being taken out of the EU against its will, while also campaigning actively for a crucial break with years of austerity. Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage hailed the election, tweeting that the deadlock had been broken and Brexit now has a chance to succeed. Boris Johnson had tried and failed three times to get Parliament’s support for an early election. But on this occasion, MPs approved the necessary legislation after only six hours of discussion.
Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal will leave the UK £70billion in bad shape if it had remained in the EU, a study by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research has stated. It predicted that growth would be 3.5 percent lower in 10 years time under the deal. The independent forecaster’s outlook is one of the first evaluations of how the economy will fare under the new deal. Conservatives plan a more challenging agreement with the EU. They are targeting to negotiate a thorough free trade agreement with the European Union, which is more elaborate than the standard free trade deal. In spite of the agreement between the EU and the UK removing vagueness, customs and regulatory barriers would impede goods and services trade with the continent leaving all regions of the United Kingdom in worse condition than they would be if the UK stayed in the EU. It is estimated in the long run, the economy would be 3.5 percent smaller with the deal compared to continued EU membership. The report also revealed the proposed free trade deal with the EU was slightly worse for the economy than Theresa May’s deal of past year. Bank of England governor Mark Carney lauded the new Brexit deal, voicing it was a “net economic positive. The governor stated that the various future relationship negotiated with the EU remains to be observed if overall the deal would be as positive for the UK economy as the deal put forward by Mr Johnson’s Mrs May. Chancellor Sajid Javid has declined to reassess Treasury assessments on the effectiveness of the government’s Brexit deal. In the case of a no-deal Brexit, the economy would reduce by 5.6 percent. The UK government would like to compare its agreement to the prospect of no deal. On that foundation Boris Johnson’s revisions looks better on standard economic models such as those deployed by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research. If the terms of trade with the EU remained not changed but if ambiguity persisted, GDP would be 2 percent lower. The economic outlook is darkened by substantially economic and political instability and depends seriously on the United Kingdom’s trading relationships after Brexit. The UK was gearing up for a 12 December general election after Boris Johnson’s plan to go to the country received the backing of the Commons. MPs voted through the prime minister’s proposal for a pre-Christmas ballot and rejected an opposition move to hold it three days earlier.