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UK's Johnson calls vote on holding early elections after Brexit defeat

LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday called for parliament to vote in favour of holding early elect

04 Sep 2019

LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday called for parliament to vote in favour of holding early elections after MPs dealt a major blow against his Brexit strategy.

"There must now be an election on Tuesday, 15th October," Johnson said after parliament voted in favour of a law that could force him to seek to delay Brexit by three months.

"There is only one way forward for the country," he said, calling the draft law a "surrender document" that would undermine his attempt to strike a divorce deal with Brussels.

Johnson said Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn would "beg" for a Brexit delay and "accept whatever Brussels demands" if he were prime minister.

"I think it's very sad that MPs have voted like this... I think it's a great dereliction of duty," he said.

Copyright AFP (Agence France-Press), 2019