UK PM Johnson ready to call an Oct.14 snap election

After his government was defeated in parliament on Tuesday night, Prime Minister Boris Johnson plans to call a snap general election for Oct. 14. It will take place shortly before the Oct. 31 deadline for the UK to quit the European Union, which Johnson has vowed to execute with or without a deal with the EU. In the vote against his government’s policy – 328 versus 301 – 21 members of the ruling Conservative party voted with the opposition. To call an election, the prime minister needs a two-thirds majority of the house. Failing this, he will be forced to resign less than a year after taking office.

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