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"I don't want an election," UK PM Johnson tells parliament

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaking in the House of Commons in London. [AFP Photo]

"I don't want an election, we don't want an election ... we want to get the deal done and the best way ... to get a deal is to support the government in the lobbies tonight," British Prime Minister told a rowdy session of parliament on Tuesday.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday he did not want to call an early election, again telling lawmakers in parliament that to avoid such an outcome they should vote against a move aimed at stopping a no-deal Brexit.

"I don't want an election, we don't want an election ... we want to get the deal done and the best way ... to get a deal is to support the government in the lobbies tonight," he told a rowdy session of parliament.

JOHNSON RULES OUT BREXIT EXTENSION AHEAD OF CRUCIAL VOTE
Johnson also said that he would "never surrender" by seeking a further delay to Brexit, ahead of a crucial parliamentary vote that could require him to seek an extension until January.

Lawmakers are expected to vote on a cross-party motion that would require Johnson to ask the European Union to delay until January 31, unless parliament approves a new deal or votes in favour of a by October 19.

"I will never surrender the control of our negotiations in the way the leader of the opposition is demanding," Johnson told parliament, after opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn backed the cross-party motion.

Johnson accused supporters of the bill of wanting to "frustrate the will of the people" and "overturn the result of the [2016 Brexit] referendum."

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