UK’s Johnson seeks Dec 12 election to break Brexit impasse

Anti-Brexit remain in the European Union supporter Steve Bray, left, protests next to banners placed by pro-Brexit leave the EU supporters backdropped by the Houses of Parliament in London, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson won Parliament’s backing for his exit deal on Wednesday, but then lost a key vote on its timing, effectively guaranteeing that Brexit won’t happen on the scheduled date of Oct. 31. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street, on his way to parliament in London, Thursday October 24, 2019. Johnson has announced Thursday that he wants a General Election. (Hollie Adams/PA via AP)

LONDON — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has finally abandoned his promise of an October Brexit and pinned his hopes on a December election.