UK prime minister mulls early election over Brexit

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October 23, 2019 - 10:26 AM

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was weighing today whether to push for an early election or try again to pass his stalled European Union divorce deal, after Parliament blocked a fast-track plan to approve his Brexit bill before the U.K.’s scheduled departure from the bloc on Oct. 31.

Lawmakers backed the substance of Johnson’s divorce deal in principle late Tuesday but rejected the government’s plan to fast-track the legislation through Parliament in a matter of days, saying it didn’t provide enough time for scrutiny.

The government is now waiting for the EU’s response to its request for a three-month extension to the Brexit deadline.

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