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British prime minister will try again to call early elections

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will try for the second time on Monday to call early elections, but those efforts are expected to be hampered by opposition lawmakers who want to ensure he cannot get Britain out of the EU without an agreement.

Lacking a majority in parliament, which is determined to prevent what many companies fear will be a tragic way out, Johnson wants elections to fulfill his pledge to leave the bloc by October 31, with or without agreement.

Parliament is due to enact legislation on Monday to force it to seek a three-month extension of the deadline unless parliament approves an agreement or, by October 19, agrees to exit without agreement.

Johnson will present a motion in parliament on Monday for the election, but that will require the support of two-thirds of the members. Opposition parties have said they will not agree to hold elections until the possibility of a “no agreement” is ruled out.

The bill, which obliges Johnson to seek to extend Britain’s exit, is due to become law on Monday when Queen Elizabeth passes it, a move Johnson said would destroy Britain’s negotiating strategy by ruling out the threat of a “no deal”.

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