Do we now have any chance of having a general election?

June 20th, 2019

We’re having a new PM. But with a new PM can we have a general election?

Due to the Fixed Term Parliaments Act of 2011, the next time we are due to have an election is on the first Thursday in May in 2022, 5 years from the 2017 election.    However, it is likely that any Prime Minister and the government that they have pulled together will face a vote of no confidence from the Labour Party and the other opposition parties once in office. If the vote of no confidence in the government is successful, the PM has 14 days to scramble together a new government. If that new government still does not have the confidence of the House of Commons, a general election is automatically triggered.    The third option is for the PM to call a snap election. Then two-thirds of the Commons must agree to hold an election. This option enabled Theresa May to call an election just two years after the last one. However, calling a snap election is a   big risk and any PM is not guaranteed to increase their   majority (as was the case in 2017).
Due to the Fixed Term Parliaments Act of 2011, the next time we are due to have an election is on the first Thursday in May in 2022, 5 years from the 2017 election. However, it is likely that any Prime Minister and the government that they have pulled together will face a vote of no confidence from the Labour Party and the other opposition parties once in office. If the vote of no confidence in the government is successful, the PM has 14 days to scramble together a new government. If that new government still does not have the confidence of the House of Commons, a general election is automatically triggered. The third option is for the PM to call a snap election. Then two-thirds of the Commons must agree to hold an election. This option enabled Theresa May to call an election just two years after the last one. However, calling a snap election is a big risk and any PM is not guaranteed to increase their majority (as was the case in 2017).

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