Boris Johnson wants general election on December 12

The Prime Minister of United Kingdom, Boris Johnson has said he will give MPs more time to debate his Brexit deal, but only if they agree to a 12 December general election.

The PM expects the European Union to grant an extension to his 31 October deadline, even though he “really” did not want one. He urged Labour to back an election in a vote he plans to hold next week.

EU leaders are expected to give their verdict on delaying Brexit for up to three months, on Friday.

Commoners leader Jacob Rees-Mogg told MPs the government would on Monday table a motion calling for a general election. Under the 2011 Fixed-Term Parliament Act, two-thirds of MPs must vote for a general election before one can be held.

In a letter to Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn, Johnson said he preferred a short Brexit postponement “say to 15 or 30 November”. Therefore Johnson would hope to reintroduce the bill once again hopefully with Labour support.

If the EU’s Brexit delay is to the end of January, Johnson will hold a Commons vote next week on a 12 December election. If Labour agrees to this, the government says it will try to get its deal through before Parliament is dissolved for the campaign on 6 November.

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