Earlier, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson proposed giving MPs more time to scrutinise his Brexit accord with the European Union if they agreed to hold an early general election on December 12.
His latest announcement came soon after an urgent Cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street and ahead of a confirmation from the European Union on whether it is open to an extension to the October 31 Brexit deadline. Johnson had struck a renewed withdrawal agreement with the EU last week.
All eyes are now on the EU to see what kind of an extension it offers. If it delays until the middle or end of November, Johnson will try to get his deal through Parliament again. But if the extension is longer until the end of January 2020, he will hold a Commons vote next week on a December 12 election.