September 4, 2019 / 3:14 PM / 14 days ago

UK PM's spokesman says any election must happen before October EU summit

LONDON, Sept 4 (Reuters) - If a British national election is necessary, it must take place before a European Union summit which starts on Oct. 17, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesman said on Wednesday.

Earlier, Johnson had demanded an Oct. 15 snap election after lawmakers seeking to prevent a no-deal Brexit dealt him a humiliating defeat in parliament which he cast as an attempt to surrender to the European Union.

Reporting by William James, writing by Alistair Smout; editing by Stephen Addison

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