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    Next UK Parliament to Begin Work on 17 December - Gov't

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    LONDON (Sputnik) - The next UK parliament will start its work on 17 December, the country's government announced on Monday, as the snap general election approaches.

    "The new Parliament will be summoned to meet on Tuesday 17 December, when the business will be the election of the Speaker and the swearing-in of members. Should this Prime Minister return, the State Opening of Parliament and the Queen’s Speech will follow on Thursday 19 December," the government said in a statement.

    The United Kingdom will hold the next general election on 12 December.

    On October 17, London and Brussels finally reached a new Brexit deal after protracted negotiations. The new Brexit draft has dropped the controversial Irish backstop to avoid a hard border in favour of giving the devolved parliament of Northern Ireland a say on any future arrangement concerning the territory.

    The deal, however, was met with strong resistance in the parliament, prompting a decision to hold a snap general election on 12 December.

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