UK General Election odds 2019 – what’s the latest from the bookies?

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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?

Andrew Parsons

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.

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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


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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