This is related to the planned early parliamentary elections in the United Kingdom at that time
BRUSSELL, December 11th. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will not attend the EU summit of heads of state and government, which will be held on December 12-13 in Brussels, because of the planned early parliamentary elections in the United Kingdom. This was announced to journalists in Brussels on Wednesday by a high-ranking representative of the EU on the eve of the summit.
“Yes, I can confirm that Prime Minister Johnson will not attend the summit,” he said. According to him, Johnson “asked” the head of the European Council, Charles Michel, for an exceptional request and left him with the decisions of London on all necessary issues.
The United Kingdom was due to leave the EU on 29 March 2019, but members of the House of Commons three times rejected a draft agreement on the terms of Brexit reached by Brussels and the government led by Prime Minister Theresa May. As a result, the EU agreed to postpone Brexit first to April or May and then to October 31, and Theresa May was forced to resign. Boris Johnson, who replaced her, insisted that the country should leave the EU on October 31, with or without a deal, but because of the law passed by the parliament, he was forced to send a request to the European Council on October 19 for a new deferral of Brexit until January 31, 2020. The EU provided it to London.
The polling stations for the British Parliament will open on December 12 at 07:00 local time and close at 22:00. Votes will be counted all night long and by morning it will be clear whether the UK will have a chance to resolve the Brexit situation in the near future.