October 24, 2019 / 3:49 PM / a month ago

UK government to take first step to asking for early election - Sky

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks at the House of Commons in London, Britain October 22, 2019. ©UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s government will take the first step towards calling an early national election, Sky News said on Thursday, reporting that ministers would submit a motion to parliament which would be discussed early next week.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson cannot call an election without parliament agreeing to it first, and has already had two attempts rejected by the opposition Labour Party.

Reporting by William Schomberg, writing by William James, Editing by Kylie MacLellan

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