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Britain's parties clash on hustings over the country's EU future

2019-11-06 09:17:00       source:The Straits Times

November 6, 2019

LONDON - Britain's major parties have launched their electoral campaign in the run-up to the general elections scheduled for Dec 12 by vying with each other in promises to resolve the dispute over Brexit, as the process of Britain's separation from the European Union is popularly known.

But although both the ruling Conservatives and Labour, their chief opponent, vowed to make quick progress on Brexit, their first skirmishes in what promises to be a gruelling and ill-tempered electoral campaign offered no fresh ideas on how Britain can emerge from the current Brexit morass.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservatives have the simpler message: his government successfully negotiated last month a deal governing the terms of Britain's departure from the EU, and Mr Johnson promises that, should he win a majority on Dec 12, the newly-elected British Parliament would quickly ratify the deal, and Britain would be out of the EU by January.

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