United Kingdom general election, 12 December 2019

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Reports, analyses and information relating to the general election held in the United Kingdom in December 2019.

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The election was triggered in the context of the debate regarding the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union. A fragmented House of Commons when it comes to Brexit met a cabinet without a parliamentary majority and damaged by confrontation with the Parliament. The difficulties facing the Prime Minister in moving forward with his version of Brexit, and the overall confusion over a clear path towards the exit from the European Union, led to the understanding that a general election would be the best option in an attempt to break the deadlock.

The governing Conservative Party was widely expected to win the election according to the pre-election polls, but it was not clear whether they would be able to secure a parliamentary majority. Nigel Farage - the leader of the Brexit Party - announced on 3 November he did not intend to run as a candidate in the election. On 11 November, Mr Farage further announced that his party would not put forward candidates in constituencies held by the Conservatives, in a bid to secure a parliamentary majority favouring a harder form of Brexit.

On 19 November, the first televised debate between the leaders of the two main parties was held.

Electoral Manifestos (updated as published):

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Commentary and Analysis
Wikipedia: 2019 United Kingdom general election https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019_United_Kingdom_general_election
BBC News: General election 2019: A really simple guide https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-49826655
The Guardian: UK general election 2019 poll tracker https://www.theguardian.com/politics/ng-interactive/2019/oct/31/uk-general-election-2019-poll-tracker
Politico: Poll of Polls for UK 2019 General Election https://www.politico.eu/europe-poll-of-polls/united-kingdom/
IFES Election Guide: Election for British House of Commons http://www.electionguide.org/elections/id/3404/
Institute for Government: General Election 2019 https://www.instituteforgovernment.org.uk/general-election-2019
UK in a Changing Europe: General Election https://ukandeu.ac.uk/general-election/
The Conversation: UK Election 2019 https://theconversation.com/uk/topics/uk-election-2019-75714
Reuters, 30/10/2019: UK's winter election - What's in it for markets? https://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKKBN1X921I
Euro|topics, October 2019: What will decide the UK's snap election? https://www.eurotopics.net/en/229530/
Deutsche Welle, 01/11/2019: Will the UK's snap election get Brexit done? https://p.dw.com/p/3SKXa
Chatham House: Expert Comment, 07/11/2019: Why Britain’s 2019 Election Is Its Most Unpredictable in Recent History https://www.chathamhouse.org/expert/comment/why-britain-s-2019-election-its-most-unpredictable-recent-history
Politico, 07/11/2019: How to watch the UK election like a pro https://www.politico.eu/article/how-to-watch-the-uk-election-like-a-pro/
Euto|topics, November 2019: Labour wants sweeping reforms in UK https://www.eurotopics.net/en/230897/

News
BBC News: Election 2019 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election/2019
The Guardian: General election 2019 https://www.theguardian.com/politics/general-election-2019
ITV News: General Election 2019 https://www.itv.com/news/topic/general-election-2019/
Sky News: General Election 2019 https://news.sky.com/topic/general-election-2019-8359
Politico: UK election 2019 https://www.politico.eu/tag/u-k-election-2019/
Reuters, 03/11/2019: Trump wades again into UK politics, tells Johnson, Farage to unite https://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKKBN1XD0H8
Deutsche Welle, 03/11/2019: Brexit leader Nigel Farage rules out UK election bid https://p.dw.com/p/3SOvN
Reuters, 03/11/2019: Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage will not run in UK election https://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKKBN1XD05Y
EurActiv, 20/11/2019: In testy leadership debate, UK PM Johnson promises quick Brexit https://www.euractiv.com/section/uk-europe/news/in-testy-leadership-debate-uk-pm-johnson-promises-quick-brexit/
Euronews, 20/11/2019: Corbyn and Johnson clash over Brexit in first TV debate https://www.euronews.com/2019/11/19/corbyn-and-johnson-go-head-to-head-in-first-tv-debate-ahead-of-elections
VOA News, 20/11/2019: British Voters Unimpressed as Johnson, Corbyn Clash in TV Debate https://www.voanews.com/europe/british-voters-unimpressed-johnson-corbyn-clash-tv-debate

Official
UK Electoral Commission https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/

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