What Happened: Members of British opposition parties, including the Labour Party, have decided that they will reject the government's new motion on Sept. 9 to call for an early election, the BBC reported Sept. 6.
Why It Matters: The opposition parties' decision decreases the likelihood of an early election before the United Kingdom's scheduled withdrawal from the European Union on Oct. 31, making a vote in November or December more likely.
Background: The British government is attempting to hold an election on Oct. 15, before a European Council summit on Oct. 17, although the motion requires a two-thirds majority in the House of Commons.
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