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Haggling aplenty as dates for UK election remain up in the air

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is about to embark on the highest-risk gamble of his political career by forcing through an early general election next month, more than two years ahead of schedule.

Early polls are rendered inevitable by the repeated failure of the Parliament in London to approve any compromise arrangement for Britain's planned departure from the European Union; "We will not allow this paralysis to continue and, one way or another, we must proceed straight to an election", Mr Johnson told lawmakers at the start of the week.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 30, 2019, with the headline 'Haggling aplenty as dates for election remain up in the air'. Subscribe