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UK's Johnson to seek general election for Dec. 12

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson proposed that a general election be held on December 12 if the country's departure from the European Union is delayed by three more months.

In a letter to political party leaders including Labour's Jeremy Corbyn, Johnson said "it is clear that there must be an election" if the EU granted the U.K.'s request to extend Brexit until Jan. 31, 2020. The prime minister said he preferred a short extension of up to Nov. 15 or Nov. 30.

The House of Commons will debate and vote on Johnson's election proposal on Oct. 28, according to Commons leader Jacob Rees-Mogg.

If lawmakers agree to an election, Johnson said his government "will make available all possible time" until Nov. 6, when Parliament would be dissolved, for Parliament to scrutinize his Withdrawal Agreement Bill.

"[I]f they genuinely want more time to study this excellent deal, they can have it but they have to agree to a general election on 12 December," Johnson said in an interview with the BBC.

But Johnson said he expects the House of Commons to still fail to ratify the Brexit bill by Nov. 6., which means a new Parliament would have to break the deadlock.

"If I win a majority in this election, we will then ratify the great new deal that I have negotiated, get Brexit done in January and the country will move on," Johnson wrote in his letter.

Johnson's new bid for a general election follows lawmakers' against of his proposed accelerated timetable for the Withdrawal Agreement Bill.