Choosing, and removing, a prime minister
Who decides?
in Governing Britain
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This chapter looks at the ways in which a prime minister is chosen as well as the means by which a prime minister may be removed from office. It identifies how the means of choosing a prime minister has changed over time as well as problems deriving from circumstances where it is not clear who should be called to form a government, where there is a sudden vacancy caused by the death or incapacity of the incumbent, and where there may be some uncertainty as to who commands a majority of the House of Commons. It also addresses how prime ministers may be removed from office, other than through defeat in a general election.

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