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LATEST: British Prime Minister Fails to Win Vote on Early Election

LATEST: British Prime Minister Fails to Win Vote on Early Election

September 04, 2019 05:13 PM

LONDON (AP) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has failed to win sufficient parliamentary support for an early national election on Oct. 15.
    
The vote was 298 in favor and 56 opposed, not enough to force the election because a large number of lawmakers abstained, meaning he failed to reach the required threshold.
    
Under U.K. law, Johnson needed the support of two-thirds of the 650 legislators in the House of Commons, which equates to 434.
    
The bulk of the main opposition Labour Party opted to abstain as it wants to be assured that legislation preventing a no-deal Brexit is in place before an election is called.
    
Johnson is gambling that he can win a general election and emerge with a Parliament majority that would see Britain leave the European Union on the scheduled Brexit date of Oct. 31.
 

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