September 6, 2019 / 11:02 AM / a month ago

Pre-October 31 UK election unlikely as opposition parties to thwart PM Johnson

European Union and British flags flutter in front of the chancellery ahead of a visit of British Prime Minister Theresa May in Berlin, Germany, April 9, 2019. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke/Files

LONDON (Reuters) - An election before October 31 is now unlikely as opposition parties will vote against or abstain when Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday seeks parliament’s approval for an election in mid October, Sky News cited Plaid Cymru as saying.

“All rebel alliance to vote against or abstain on election in Mon,” Sky News deputy political editor Sam Coates said. “No rebel party will put down no confidence motion on Monday.”

“Pre Oct 31 now unlikely,” Coates said.

Reporting by Costas Pitas and Guy Faulconbridge; editing by Kate Holton

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