October 24, 2019 / 5:00 PM / 21 days ago

UK parliament will have chance to vote on Monday for early election

Union Jack flags are seen outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain, October 24, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville

LONDON (Reuters) - British lawmakers will have a chance on Monday to vote on whether to hold an early national election, the leader of the House of Commons, Jacob Rees-Mogg said.

Earlier, Prime Minister Boris Johnson wrote to opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to ask him to back an election on Dec. 12 and offering until Nov. 6 to pass legislation to ratify the government’s exit deal with the European Union.

“Members will have an opportunity to debate and approve a motion relating to an early parliamentary election,” Rees-Mogg told parliament.

Reporting by Kate Holton and David Milliken, Writing by Kylie MacLellan; editing by Stephen Addison

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