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Year of Next General Election UK

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2022 Or Later9.009.00

5 May 2022 is the scheduled day for the next UK general election. This is based on the Fixed-term Parliaments Act in 2011. Although, the election might be shifted to an earlier date as a result of early election motion that is determined by two-thirds which are super majority in the House of Commons or through a vote of no confidence passed against the government and other unforeseen circumstances.

The idea of elections being scheduled on the first Thursday in May of every consecutive fifth year is a fixed parliament introduced by The Fixed Parliament Act 2011 to the United Kingdom. The Act only allows an early dissolution if two-thirds of the House of Commons vote. This recently happened in the previous election slated for May 2020 and was shifted to June 2017 due to this reason.

Another reason why the year of general election can be altered from 2022 is if the government loses a vote of no confidence. This means if over 50% supports the resignation of the present government, the parliament will be dissolved especially if a new government is not set up within two weeks from when the vote of no confidence is being passed.

Except for the occurrence of any of these scenarios, the next general election is due to take place 5 May 2022. The present and active parliament are expected to be dissolved twenty-five working days before this date. This is in accordance with The Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013, Section 14.

This implies that the dissolution date will be on 28 March 2022 if the first Monday in May is public holiday as it has always been over the years. The prime minister can also command that the polling date is shifted two months later than 5 May 2022. This is in accordance with the Statutory Instrument order made under section1 (5) of the Fixed parliament's Act 2011. This statutory instrument order made must be agreed upon by each house of parliament.

In addition to this, individual constituencies may be compelled to shift their election date. In the 2005 and 2010 general elections, a poll was delayed by one constituency due to the demise of a candidate. The Fixed-term Parliament Act 2011 has been proposed for abolishment during the 2017 general election by the Conservative party manifesto.

The previous United Kingdom general election was held on 8 June 2017 where each constituency elected a single member of parliament to the House of Commons. Although, according to the Fixed-term Parliament Act 2011, an election was not due until 7 May 2020. The election was held due to a call by Prime Minister Theresa May for a snap election. This was approved by two-thirds vote of the House of Commons on 19 April 2017.

The conservative party was opposing a working majority of 17 against the Labour party led by Jeremy Corbyn. Theresa May intended to gain majority of the parliament to the conservative party side in order to reinforce her hand in the next Brexit negotiations.


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