October 29, 2019 / 6:03 PM / 22 days ago

British lawmakers approve first stage of early election bill

FILE PHOTO: General view of the House of Commons after the announcement of the result of the vote on the deal delay as parliament discusses Brexit, sitting on a Saturday for the first time since the 1982 Falklands War, in London, Britain, October 19, 2019, in this screen grab taken from video. Parliament TV via REUTERS/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) - British lawmakers approved the first parliamentary stage on Tuesday of a law that calls for an early national election, suggesting there is overwhelming support for the bill as it heads to its final stage in the lower house of parliament.

The bill cleared its first stage without the need for a formal vote, and will now be discussed in more detail for two hours. If approved by another vote at around 1945 GMT, it will be passed to parliament’s upper house for consideration.

If approved in the House of Lords, Britain will hold an election on Dec. 12.

Reporting by Elizabeth Piper and William James

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