What Happened: The British government will again present a motion in the House of Commons on Sept. 9 to request early elections after the chamber rejected the same proposal in a Sept. 4 vote, according to House of Commons leader Jacob Rees-Mogg, The Guardian reported Sept. 5.
Why It Matters: The British government is hoping that some members of the Labour Party will support the motion to hold an early election, although the party remains internally divided over the date of a new election. If the chamber agrees to hold new elections before an Oct. 17 European Council meeting, it could result in a new, hard-line British government that could repeal legislation to prevent a no-deal Brexit. However, if elections occur after the summit, it could allow Parliament to introduce a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Boris Johnson before the United Kingdom's scheduled withdrawal date from the European Union on Oct. 31.
Background: The British government is attempting to trigger early elections for Oct. 15, but it requires a two-thirds majority in the House of Commons.
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