SPECULATION is growing that a General Election could be on the cards just weeks after Boris Johnson took over as leader.
The inscrutable Tory bigwig could be wanting to bring a vote to the people shortly after a No Deal Brexit. Here's the latest.
Is another General Election on the cards?
Boris Johnson, elected in July 2019 by Conservative party members as Britain's new Tory leader and PM, could trigger a general election.
As of August 14, Coral is offering 4/7 odds on one taking place this year.
Both PaddyPower and Betfair are offering 8/13.
William Hill is offering 4/9 odds, while Bet365 gives 8/15 chances.
Why would Boris want to trigger a general election?
The entire race for Conservative Party leadership was centred around Brexit – Boris has said that he will try to secure a better Brexit deal, but promises that if this isn't possible he will crash out without one.
His support for a no-deal Brexit has sent at least five MPs running.
Boris may want to trigger a general election before Brexit's 100 day time limit is up in order to secure a bigger parliamentary majority to get his deal through Parliament.
Johnson's staunch "leave" stance – as opposed to Theresa May's "dithering" over Brexit – could see him win votes from members of other parties gunning to leave.
Johnson’s chief strategist Dominic Cummings has suggested the Prime Minister could call a general election after October 31, even if he lost a no-confidence motion, allowing for a no-deal Brexit whilst Parliament is dissolved.
Does Boris want to trigger a general election?
Despite it widely being parroted that a general election this year is "inevitable," Boris has said he is against the idea of a snap election.
Mr Johnson has ruled out having a general election before the UK leaves the EU which is currently set for October 31, 2019.
However, Bojo’s top aides are now saying they believe they could trigger a poll in September — even if Remainer MPs attempt to topple the Government.
Labour’s health spokesman Jonathan Ashworth said that the NHS funding announcement raised speculation that an election could come “very soon”.
What are the betting odds on when the next General Election will be?
With rumours of a General Election, bookies are offering odds on when the next one will take place.
Below are the latest election odds given by bookmaker Coral as of August 14, 2019:
Latest election odds
- Odds on election in 2019 – 1/3
- Odds on election in 2020 – 7/2
- Odds on election in 2021 – 22/1
- Odds on election in 2022 or later – 14/1
When could a General Election take place?
Boris could try and call a snap election at any time. He would have to pass a vote of MPs in the Commons first, however, thanks to the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act.
Elections in this country take place on a Thursday.
By law, Parliament is dissolved 25 working days before a General election.
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