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Brexit: Election to break the deadlock?

Brexit: Election to break the deadlock?
Brexit: December 12 general election to break the deadlock?
KUALA LUMPUR: The uncertainty over Brexit - the United Kingdom leaving the European Union - is spilling into its fourth year, since the fateful 2016 referendum. While the EU has allowed the UK more time to negotiate a divorce deal (the third such postponement this year), it seems that an election may be the only way out of the Brexit impasse.

Here’s what you need to know:
  • British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called for an early election on December 12 after parliament backed him
  • This would be the U.K’s third general election in five years
  • The government's Brexit legislation is on hold as the UK heads towards the general election
UK Election in Numbers 

FOR BREXIT: Conservative Party, Leader - Boris Johnson
  • Johnson would hope to win a clear majority, pass his law and take Britain out of the EU
  • In an hour-long debate with opposition Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn, Johnson promises to implement the exit deal he negotiated with the EU previously and lead Britain out of the union by January 31
  • The Conservatives are running on the slogan “Back Boris. Get Brexit Done”
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson poses for a photo wearing boxing gloves during a stop in his General Election Campaign trail at Jimmy Egan's Boxing Academy in Manchester, Britain November 19, 2019. Frank Augstein/Pool via REUTERS

IN THE MIDDLE GROUND: Labour Party, Leader - Jeremy Corbyn
  • Labour campaigned against Brexit in the 2016 referendum but had since positioned themselves ‘in the middle ground’.
  • If Labour wins, the party says it will immediately hold a second referendum that will give the British public a final say on UK’s future relationship with the EU
  • But Corbyn's promise of a second referendum may prolong Britain’s departure from the EU
Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is seen during a visit to Birkenshaw Sports Barn as part of his general election campaign, in Uddingston, Britain November 13, 2019. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne/

NO BREXIT: Scottish National Party, Leader - Nicola Sturgeon
  • Scotland’s first minister argues the debate between Johnson and Corbyn (where SNP was excluded) does not reflect the choice Scottish voters face on the Dec 12 election
  • In 2016, Scotland voted in favour of the UK staying in the EU by 62% to 38%
  • The SNP is the largest political party in Scotland, the third-biggest party at Westminster, behind Conservative and Labour
  • SNP could potentially hold the balance of power if the UK’s general election results in a hung parliament
  • Sturgeon said SNP would support a minority Labour government. The price? Corbyn’s backing on new referendum on Scottish independence
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon attends a news conference in Berlin, Germany, September 18, 2019. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke