LONDON [Reuters] – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday he would probably ask Parliament to approve an election as part of an effort to break a deadlock on Brexit.
It is unclear whether the vote, which Johnson wants to hold on December 12, will take place, as opposition lawmakers must also support the move.
They must vote on the measure on Monday.
Johnson's announcement comes ahead of an expected European Union decision to postpone Britain's exit from the bloc by three months.
Britain's leader firmly opposed any extension of the EU's scheduled departure date on October 31 from the EU, although in a letter to the opposition Labor Party leader this week he said he would accept a slight technical postponement. " , said on November 15 or 30, "to allow lawmakers to implement an EU withdrawal law.
Johnson's decision to propose an election follows parliamentarians' rejection of his plan to pass an EU exit law that reaches hundreds of pages in just three days. They want more time to examine the legislation and ensure that it does not leave the door open for a possible Brexit "without agreement" during future exit talks with the EU, which will take place next year. A Brexit "without agreement" can dramatically damage the British economy.
The prime minister was forced to call for an extension of Britain's departure date in the EU after the British Parliament passed a law to ward off the threat of a "no deal" Brexit.
Johnson has repeatedly vowed to finalize the first step, a transitional settlement, of Britain's divorce battle in the EU by October 31. A second step will involve negotiating your future relationship with the EU on trade, security and other important issues.
An earlier attempt by Johnson to call a new general election failed to secure the necessary two-thirds majority in the House of Commons, with 650 seats in Britain.
Most research shows that Johnson would probably comfortably win any new national votes.
Since he currently has no parliamentary majority, this would give him more freedom to pursue his Brexit agenda and other conservative pro-business priorities.