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Boris is likely to call a general election

We keep hearing this, including in the media. Agreed, Boris would like this, but the Fixed-term Parliaments Act was passed to prevent governments calling snap elections whenever they thought it was to their advantage. The PM no longer has this prerogative. She/he must obtain the agreement of the Commons by a 2/3 majority.

Now, Corbyn may be raring to go for an election, and thus bring Labour votes behind a government proposal. He might also realize that he holds the key to election/no election. How about Boris continuing in power on a shoestring while the deleterious effects of No-deal begin to make themselves felt?

Boris's only other chance would be to bring about a vote of no confidence on himself. 14 days later, if no alternative majority was found, a general election would take place automatically. But, if an alternative majority came together, that one would blow up in his face. A lot would depend on how many Tories he really pisses off.

Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing
Nothing you can measure anymore
L. Cohen

by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Fri Aug 30th, 2019 at 11:57:35 AM EST
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