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Calm down, a snap election remains only the faintest possibility

And it wouldn’t solve anything

By Colin Talbot  

Photo: Russell Cheyne/PA Wire/PA Images

Photo: Russell Cheyne/PA Wire/PA Images

In interviews over the weekend Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell reiterated that Labour wants a general election to resolve the Brexit impasse. Would it? Could it?

Since the introduction of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act in 2011, calling an early general election has gotten a whole lot more complicated. I’ve tried to summarise the process in a little flow-chart pasted below this piece.

There are two routes to an early election under the Act.

The simple “early election” route

One has already been used—the simple “early election” route. This requires a…

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