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Johnson to ask Parliament to approve December 12 elections

Johnson to ask Parliament to approve December 12 elections

London - Johnson said he would ask lawmakers to vote on Monday on a motion calling for an early election.



By AP

Published: Thu 24 Oct 2019, 11:57 PM

Last updated: Fri 25 Oct 2019, 2:01 AM

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday that the only way to break Britain's Brexit impasse is a general election, and he will ask parliament to approve a national poll for December 12.
Johnson said he would ask lawmakers to vote on Monday on a motion calling for an early election.
Johnson has been mulling his next move since Tuesday, when lawmakers blocked his attempt to fast-track an EU divorce bill through parliament in a matter of days.
Lawmakers said they needed more time to scrutinise the legislation, making it all but impossible for Britain to leave the EU on the scheduled date of October 31 with a deal.
The British government has been awaiting the EU's decision on whether to postpone the UK's departure to prevent a chaotic no-deal exit. The request for a delay until January 31 was ordered by Britain's parliament to avert the economic damage that could come from a no-deal exit. Though the EU has not given its answer, Johnson said it looked like the EU would grant the extension - and with it kill off Johnson's oft-repeated promise that Britain will leave the EU at the end of this month.
"I'm afraid it looks as though our EU friends are going to respond to parliament's request by having an extension, which I really don't want at all," Johnson said.
Britain's next scheduled election is in 2022. If Johnson wants an early election, he needs to win a vote in parliament by a two-thirds majority, or lose a no-confidence vote, which so far opposition parties have refused to call. The Labour Party has said it would "support a general election when the threat of a no-deal crash-out is off the table."


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