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Well, the letter of the law says I'm wrong. A defeated confidence motion is not the equal of a no-confidence motion for the purposes of the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act.

(3)An early parliamentary general election is also to take place if--

(a)the House of Commons passes a motion in the form set out in subsection (4), and

(b)the period of 14 days after the day on which that motion is passed ends without the House passing a motion in the form set out in subsection (5).

(4)The form of motion for the purposes of subsection (3)(a) is--

"That this House has no confidence in Her Majesty's Government."

(5)The form of motion for the purposes of subsection (3)(b) is--

"That this House has confidence in Her Majesty's Government."

The above means that the PM cannot hope to trigger an election unless there is a no-confidence motion. Can the government propose no confidence in itself? I doubt if there's a precedent for it.

But fighting for the People against the entrenched elites is a battle that calls for unprecedented behaviour.

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 Sat Sep 7th, 2019 at 01:26:55 PM EST
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