BOOKIES’ favourite Boris Johnson cinched the role of Conservative Party Leader and Britain’s new Prime Minister yesterday.
Theresa May said she would step down from her post on June 7 after a tearful resignation announcement, but is a general election now on the cards?
Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt are the last men standing in the battle to become PM[/caption]
Is another General Election on the cards?
Boris Johnson, elected yesterday by Conservative party members as Britain’s new Tory leader and PM, could trigger a general election.
Coral have narrowed their odds on a general election in 2019 from 13/8 last week to 11/10.
Johnson came out on top after beating Jeremy Hunt in a gruelling contest.
Micheal Gove, Sajid Javid and Rory Stewart were knocked out of the race.
Why would Boris want to trigger a general election?
The entire race for Conservative Party leadership was centred around Brexit – Boris says 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 so far 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.
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.
However, if enough MPs are against Boris’ no-deal Brexit then they could trigger a vote of no confidence in him, and if nothing is resolved, after 25 days a snap general election would be triggered.
If Boris did change his mind and decide to trigger a general election then he would need the support of two thirds of MPs in the Commons, which may not be possible.
Hunt, the current secretary of state for foreign affairs says that the next PM must be trustworthy to avoid no Brexit[/caption]
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 July 24 2019:
Latest election odds
- Odds on election in 2019 – 11/10
- Odds on election in 2020 – 5/2
- Odds on election in 2021 – 16/1
- Odds on election in 2022 or later – 7/2
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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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