October 29, 2019 / 12:41 PM / 8 months ago

UK's Johnson tells cabinet: we need election to end parliamentary paralysis

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street to head for the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain October 28, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told his cabinet on Tuesday that an election was needed to end paralysis in parliament and get Brexit done, Johnson’s spokesman told reporters.

The spokesman said cabinet fully agreed with Johnson’s position and that the prime minister would speak later on Tuesday during the passage of legislation needed to call a new election.

He said there was not enough time to change who could vote in the election, ruling out ideas put forward by some opposition parties to lower the voting age and allow EU citizens to vote.

Reporting by Elizabeth Piper, writing by William James; editing by Stephen Addison

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