October 25, 2019 / 10:46 AM / 21 days ago

UK PM Johnson will pursue domestic agenda even if lawmakers reject election

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson is seen at the House of Commons in London, Britain October 23, 2019. ©UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will push ahead with plans to leave the European Union and with the government’s domestic agenda even if lawmakers fail to back a snap election, his spokesman said on Friday.

However, the spokesman said the government may not bring any Brexit laws to parliament if he cannot agree with opposition parties a new timetable to pass the legislation.

On Thursday, a government spokesman said that if opposition parties do not agree to an election early next week then the government would do the “bare minimum”.

On Friday, Johnson’s spokesman said the Prime Minister “will do all that he can to break the Brexit deadlock because the country wants Brexit to be resolved. At the same time (he) has a dynamic and ambitious agenda and he will continue pursuing that with full vigour.”

Reporting by Andrew MacAskill; editing by Stephen Addison

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