BORIS JOHNSON CALLS FOR ELECTION ON DECEMBER 12




Irem UZUN -TDO- Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he will ask Parliament to approve an early election, his third attempt to lead the United Kingdom to the polls amid a deadlock over its departure from the European Union. Johnson wants an election on December 12. In a broadcast interview shortly after a surprise cabinet meeting in 10 Downing Street, Johnson said: "The way to get Brexit done is to be reasonable with parliament and say 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 12 December." MPs are expected to vote on the proposal on Monday.

In a letter to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Johnson said that if the date was approved, the government would make as much time available as possible up to 6 November to scrutinize and pass the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, including weekends and extended sitting hours. Johnson said it would be "morally incredible" if Labour blocked the election in a vote on Monday which requires a two-thirds majority in the House of Commons, which he has already twice been refused. Corbyn said they could only back an election when the risk of Johnson leading Britain out of the European Union without a deal was off the table, and other opposition parties rejected the offer, casting doubt over its chances of success. If approved in Monday's vote, the Johnson election would be the first in December since 1923.