UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called in a television interview on Thursday for a general election to be held on December 12, which still needs approval from the Labor opposition.
If the MPs “want more time to study” the law on the Brexit agreement with Brussels, “they can get it but they will have to approve a general election on December 12,” he told the BBC a week before the initial deadline for Brexit.
Boris Johnson had to ask for a three-month delay in Brexit. European leaders must give their response in the coming days. The next European Commission president, Ursula von der Layne, said the prospect of the EU accepting a postponement of the date of departure from the UK seems very good.
But the 27 European countries do not agree on the delay, with some like Ireland wanting to extend until January 31, while France wants a shorter one.
The ambassadors of the 27 countries meet Friday in Brussels and are likely to recommend a three-month delay to the heads of state, a European diplomatic source said. In the event of disagreement, according to the source, it is not unlikely to hold a new summit next week.
Shortly after Boris Johnson called for an election, the parliament approved by 310 votes (and 294 against) his general political agenda set out in Queen Elizabeth’s October 14 speech.
Parliamentary Relations Minister Jacob Reiz-Mugh told lawmakers they would be able to vote on the decision to hold early elections on Monday.
But the Conservative leader lost an absolute majority in parliament for several weeks after the expulsion of about 20 conservative lawmakers who voted against him and lost support for the small Northern Ireland Democratic Unionist Party opposed to the Brexit deal.
– Nightmare –
Boris Johnson on Twitter also forwarded a letter to opposition Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, urging the party to approve elections to break the deadlock, reminding Corbin that he has repeatedly said he would support early legislative elections once the EU agrees to delay.
“It is our duty to end this nightmare and provide the country with a solution as soon as possible,” Johnson wrote. “This parliament has refused to take decisions and cannot refuse to allow voters to replace it with a parliament that can make decisions,” he said.
Labor MP Valerie Vaz said the Labor Party “will support the elections once the possibility of Brexit has been removed without EU approval and if the delay allows.”
The UK was originally scheduled to leave the European Union on 29 March, but this date was postponed twice to 12 April and then to 31 October.
Members of parliament on Tuesday agreed in principle to the agreement reached by Boris Johnson, but opposed his proposal to discuss it on a quick timetable. The latter then announced that it would suspend consideration of the agreement by Parliament until the European Union takes a decision on the postponement of the date of separation, a postponement he personally opposes.
According to the latest opinion polls, the Conservatives will lead the Labor Party by 10 points (35% to 25%) in the event of early elections.
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