October 28, 2019 / 7:08 PM / 14 days ago

UK lawmakers reject PM Johnson's early election bid

FILE PHOTO: 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

LONDON (Reuters) - British lawmakers on Monday rejected holding an early election, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson failed to gain the two-thirds majority backing in parliament he required.

Some 299 lawmakers supported the motion for an early election, short of the 434 votes Johnson needed.

Reporting by Elizabeth Piper, Kate Holton, Alastair Smout and Kylie MacLellan, writing by William James

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