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Boris Johnson eyes election after Parliament forces Brexit delay

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Bloomberg10/23/2019 02:07 PM GMT+08  • 5 min read
Boris Johnson eyes election after Parliament forces Brexit delay
(Oct 23): Boris Johnson looked set to try for an election, after Parliament blocked his plan to rush the Brexit deal into law.
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(Oct 23): Boris Johnson looked set to try for an election, after Parliament blocked his plan to rush the Brexit deal into law.

A day of threats and promises from Johnson ended with an official in his office warning that if the European Union agreed to a request from the British Parliament that Brexit be delayed until Jan 31, then the prime minister would call an election instead.

As European Council President Donald Tusk had earlier signaled that this was what the EU was likely to do, Johnson is likely to put passing his Brexit deal -- something he discovered on Tuesday evening that he has the votes to do -- on hold in favor of trying to secure a parliamentary majority.

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