LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called for an early general election and the opposition Labour Party has agreed, so Britain is likely facing a rare winter vote. Johnson wants it held on Dec. 12 but Parliament has not agreed to that date, which is likely to be fixed later Tuesday.
WHY IS JOHNSON CALLING FOR A VOTE?
The next scheduled election is set for 2022, but Johnson's Conservative Party has lost its working majority in Parliament and he has been unable to pass his Brexit plan. In addition, Parliament passed a law preventing Britain from leaving the European Union on Thursday, as Johnson had wanted. He is gambling that voters favor his Brexit approach and will reward him with a new, more flexible Parliament that sees things his way.