The UK Parliament announced its dissolution for Tuesday at midnight, local time, 25 days before the upcoming general elections.
Parliament has now officially dissolved in the lead-up to the general election.— UK House of Commons (@HouseofCommons) November 6, 2019
Wondering what's been accomplished? Read our guide to what MPs did in the three weeks and two days since the State Opening that began this session: https://t.co/6ED4BkmhMy
The dissolution of the current Parliament means that both the House of Commons and the House of Lords end their activity. A new House of Commons will be elected on 12 December, while the Lords will retain their positions.
Under normal circumstances, a new Speaker of the House is also elected, along with the House of Commons, but this year, Lindsay Hoyle was elected early to replace John Bercow following his September resignation.
Under the Fixed-term Paliaments Act 2011, the UK Parliament must be reelected every five years, which means the next general election was supposed to take place in 2022. However, on 29 October, the House of Commons voted for early elections in December over the ongoing political Brexit impasse.