LONDON — Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain, in the boldest gamble of his high-wire political career, won backing Tuesday to hold a general election Dec. 12, throwing back to the British people the bedeviling issue of how, or even if, their country should leave the European Union.
The 438-20 vote in Parliament came after the opposition Labour Party dropped its resistance.
The motion to hold the election must still go to the House of Lords, where it could conceivably be held up, but that was unlikely.
For Johnson, a populist who took office in July, the election is a bet that he and his Conservative Party can win a parliamentary majority by selling to the public a Brexit plan that Parliament has held up.
But it comes with extraordinary risks, not least that Britain could end up in the same political cul-de-sac it is in today, with no party winning a clear majority and with Parliament still hopelessly divided about the way forward, more than three years after Britons voted to leave the European Union.
Source: National Post