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British Lawmakers May Need to Leave Parliament Complex

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Getty Images/iStockphoto London skyline with Big Ben and Houses of parliament at twilight in UK.

The complex is in desperate need of renovations

A committee studying how to preserve and renovate British Parliament buildings will say Thursday whether lawmakers will need to leave the complex temporarily during repairs.

The announcement, reported by the Associated Press, follows a study by the Joint Committee on the Palace of Westminster on how best to renovate the complex. Roofs and pipes need to be replaced and asbestos removed, according to the report.

The options are said to take between six and 32 years with the shortest option requiring lawmakers to relocate during renovations. Several outlets including the BBC reported that the committee is most likely to endorse the shortest option at a cost of 3.5 billion pounds ($4.7 billion). Prime Minister Theresa May is said to support that option.

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