British Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited a chips factory in Northern Ireland, Thursday, November 7, his first campaign day ahead of a general election on December 12.

Johnson was taught by factory employees how to select potatoes, and even tasted the final product before preparing several boxes for delivery. The poll Johnson called to try to break a parliamentary deadlock over Brexit is shaping up to be a contest between two parties more than willing to break with years of economic austerity imposed since the Conservatives took power in 2010.

READ MORE: Britain's election campaign heated up this past Sunday even before it officially started, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson saying he would apologize to Conservatives for failing to take the country out of the European Union by October 31 and Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage saying he won't personally run for a seat in Parliament.

Johnson's promise to have Britain leave the bloc by October 31 had been his central platform when running for party leadership that brought him to power in July. (Reuters/AP)

LINK: https://www.voanews.com/europe/uks-boris-johnson-apologizes-missing-brex...

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