British PM Johnson calls for Dec. 12 election

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Published on October 24, 2019 - Duration: 01:37s

British PM Johnson calls for Dec. 12 election

Prime Minister Boris Johnson called on Thursday for a general election on Dec.

12 to break Britain’s Brexit impasse, conceding for the first time he will not meet his “do or die” deadline to leave the European Union next week.

Lisa Bernhard has more.


British PM Johnson calls for Dec. 12 election

(SOUNDBITE)(English) BRITISH PRIME MINISTER BORIS JOHNSON, SAYING: “If they genuinely want more time to study this excellent deal they can have it, but they have to agree to a general election on December 12th.” Frustrated by the deadlock around his Brexit efforts, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday said he will ask Parliament to approve a general election to take place on December 12th … a move that would effectively put the issue to voters.

UK lawmakers just this week approved Johnson’s recently negotiated Brexit plan, but not his timetable.

Johnson wanted the deal done by October 31st, but Parliament insisted on more time to study the details.

Johnson then reluctantly asked the European Union for an extension to January 31st.

Conceding for the first time that he will not meet his “do or die” deadline to leave the EU by next week, Johnson in a televised interview Thursday explained why he thinks a general election is likely the only way to finally get a Brexit deal done.

(SOUNDBITE)(English) BRITISH PRIME MINISTER BORIS JOHNSON, SAYING: "I think what people will want to know is that if there is that extra time, then this time parliament really means it and really will get behind the deal, and really will put it through.

And, in order to create a deadline that is credible in everybody's minds, then there must be that hard stop of a general election." But Johnson has twice failed before to win the votes in parliament for a snap election, where he needs the support of two-thirds of its 650 lawmakers.

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