Boris Johnson’s Bid for an Early Election Is Defeated by Lawmakers

Boris Johnson’s Bid for an Early Election Is Defeated by Lawmakers

LONDON—British lawmakers blocked Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plan for an early election, but a national ballot this year remained in the cards as opposition parties sought an alternative route to end the Brexit stalemate.

Mr. Johnson needed a two-thirds majority in Parliament to call an election, which he had proposed for Dec. 12, but with Labour Party members abstaining from the vote, the motion drew only 299 votes in favor and 70 against, falling far short of the 434 votes it needed.

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