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Boris Johnson’s busy agenda raises UK election speculation

Posted at 6:51 AM, Jul 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-26 09:51:02-04

LONDON (AP) — With Britain’s departure from the European Union due in less than 100 days, new Prime Minister Boris Johnson is a man in a hurry. But he’s not rushing off to Brussels.

The U.K. leader has no meetings scheduled with EU officials. Instead, he is in central England on Friday, talking about his promise to recruit 20,000 more police officers. In the coming days, he’ll speak on other aspects of a packed domestic agenda that looks suspiciously like an election platform.

Britain’s next scheduled election is three years away, but signs suggest Johnson may be preparing for a snap poll to break the Brexit impasse that defeated his predecessor, Theresa May.

Observers say there may be no other way Johnson can fulfill his pledge leave the EU by Oct. 31.