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I suspect you may be right. It may be impossible for Corbyn to force a general election with the Fixed Term Act even if May loses crunch vote after vote. Really an early election can only happen if both the Government and opposition want it and right now it would be Turkeys voting for Xmas. Winning a referendum may be as good as it gets for him.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Nov 20th, 2018 at 08:34:56 PM EST
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The latest news is that the DUP are on the verge of bailing on the government, and voted against the Tories in the Finance Bill.

The Tories still won the vote, partly because Corbyn and some other Labour MPs weren't present - which is bizarre enough in itself.

Meanwhile Momentum are reporting there are preparations for a snap election.

It's tempting to wonder if there's a mad plan in which a GE effectively becomes a vote on the deal. If May gets a mandate (she won't...) she can go back to Parliament and say "Here's my mandate - now vote for my deal."

This is, even by Tory standards, a completely bonkers idea.

Even more bonkers would be a vote of no confidence from the 1922 Committee in the run-up to an election, in some kind of insane attempt to replace May with an ultra-brexiter before votes are cast.

The next few weeks are likely to be very weird.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Tue Nov 20th, 2018 at 09:24:25 PM EST
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