European stocks opened slightly lower on Tuesday morning as traders monitor progress in U.S.-China trade discussions and a fresh push from U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson for an early general election.
The pan-European Stoxx 600 was 0.13% lower shortly after markets opened.
Johnson on Monday lost his third bid to force a general election on December 12 after falling short of the two thirds majority needed in Parliament, but will now attempt to introduce a bill requiring a simple majority. He would still need support from some opposition party lawmakers for the bill to pass.
The push for early polls comes after Johnson accepted the EU’s three-month extension to the U.K.'s Brexit deadline, pushing the departure date to January 31.
Source : CNBC