Boris Johnson Strikes Brexit Deal With E.U.
BRUSSELS — Britain and the European Union agreed on the draft text of a withdrawal deal on Thursday, an 11th-hour breakthrough in Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s effort to settle his country’s anguished, yearslong debate over Brexit and pave the way for its departure from the bloc. The deal must still clear several hurdles, including approval from Europe’s leaders and, most crucially, passage in the British Parliament, where Mr. Johnson’s predecessor, Theresa May, suffered three thunderous defeats after bringing back an agreement with Brussels.
Boris Johnson told MPs if the programme was rejected and the EU confirmed a delay to the 31 October exit, he would instead push for a general election . The PM said Parliament had been "caught in a deadlock of its own making", and he would "in no way allow months more of this".
Boris Johnson Seeks December 12 General Election to Break Brexit Impasse . By. Needs two-thirds of MPs to support bid for early ballot. Boris Johnson Photographer: Chris U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson will seek a general election on Dec . 12, setting up a national vote on his Brexit
will launch an attempt to hold a general election in on December 12 to "get Brexit done."
The British prime minister will attempt to convince members of Parliament to formally back the bid on Monday, but he will need the support of two-thirds of the House of Commons. Britain's next scheduled election is not until 2022.
Johnson's move comes after his Brexit bill was finally passed earlier this week, but lawmakers defeated his request to push through the legislation in a three-day timetable, saying it didn't provide enough time for scrutiny. He said he expected the European Union to grant an extension to his October 31 deadline, likely to be to the end of January. The EU is expected to give its verdict on an extension on Friday.
Boris Johnson's election call is an admission he's run out of Brexit options
Under normal circumstances, the British Prime Minister would be celebrating. But nothing is normal in Brexit Britain. © Frank Augstein/AP Britain's Prime Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street to attend the weekly Prime Ministers' Questions session, in parliament in London, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein) Despite not having a parliamentary majority, his brand new legislative agenda has just been approved by the House of Commons. Instead of popping open the champagne and getting ready to crack on with governing, Johnson is gearing up for an early general election.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson appears to be pushing for an early general election after Parliament blocked a fast-track plan to approve his Brexit deal before Britain's scheduled departure from the European Union on Oct. That seems to me to be the only way to break this impasse ."
Amid Brexit impasse , UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday said he would grant more time for Parliament to scrutinize the latest version of The UK is not scheduled to have a general election until 2022. The motion for an early election , which the government is set to table on Monday, would
The prime minister said the Dec. 12 date will give lawmakers time before the election to scrutinize his Brexit bill. Under his plan, Parliament would remain working until Nov. 6, when campaigning would start.
"We are going to give them all the time they want, between now and the dissolution of parliament to do scrutiny," he said. "We have had three years, we have been reasonable, if you want more time you can have it. But we must all agree to go for an election on 12 December."
Fox News' Lucia Suarez Sang and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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UK's Boris Johnson apologizes for missing Brexit deadline .
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he will apologize to Conservative Party members who voted for him based on his promise to take Britain out of the European Union by Oct. 31. He told Sky News on Sunday that it was a matter of "deep regret" that he failed to do so. Asked if he was sorry about missing the deadline, Johnson said: "Yes, absolutely."He told Sky News on Sunday that it was a matter of "deep regret" that he failed to do so.