Fixed- term Parliaments
Fixed or not so fixed?
in Governing Britain
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This chapter examines the nature and consequences of the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act 2011, providing for fixed parliamentary terms of five years, but with provision for an early election under specified conditions. It looks at the provisions for the calling of general elections prior to passage of the Act, the arguments and political imperative underpinning the introduction of the measure, the nature and passage of the bill and the consequences deriving from its provisions. It focuses on section 2 of the act covering the means for holding an early general election and considers the problems associated with interpreting what happens in the event of a motion of no confidence being carried.


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