MPs Vote For General Election On December 12

By EachOther Reporter, 29 Oct 2019

The UK will have a general election on 12 December. 

MPs on Tuesday (29 October) overwhelmingly voted in favour of a government-proposed bill to hold a pre-Christmas general election in a bid to resolve the parliamentary impasse over Brexit.

Amendments put forward by opposition parties to allow 16-year-olds and 17-year-olds to vote and to extend voting rights to EU citizens living in the UK were not selected for debate.

While another amendment tabled by the Labour Party to bring the vote forward to 9 December lost by 295 votes to 315. 

Brexit is expected to dominate the upcoming election. 

Leaving the EU will have numerous consequences for our rights – affecting free movement, employment rights, data rights, social and environmental protections and the fragile peace in Northern Ireland among other issues.

Beyond Brexit, parties have also made a number of policy announcements at conferences which took place last month – hinting at what will be included in their soon-to-be released manifestos. This ranges from healthcare reforms to environmental policies to enshrining a right to food in law.  

Stick with us at EachOther as we bring you the latest human rights news from the campaign trail as the country heads to the polls for the third time in four years.