A sign points to a polling station in London in May 2018. Photo: EPA-EFE

Boris Johnson seeks December 12 election to break Brexit deadlock

  • Prime minister pledged ‘do or die’ departure from bloc by October 31, but British lawmakers rejected accelerated timetable for his withdrawal bill
  • EU is widely expected to grant a three-month Brexit extension when ambassadors meet in Brussels on Friday
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A sign points to a polling station in London in May 2018. Photo: EPA-EFE
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Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks in the House of Commons in London during the debate for the EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill on Tuesday. Photo: UK Parliament via AP

Boris Johnson puts Brexit bill on hold as MPs reject bid to fast-track deal

  • Lawmakers gave initial approval to Withdrawal Agreement Bill, but voted against rushing through 110-page bill by Thursday evening
  • Johnson earlier threatened to push for snap election if lawmakers vote against government’s timetable
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Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks in the House of Commons in London during the debate for the EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill on Tuesday. Photo: UK Parliament via AP
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