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No one has noticed this important provision in the Fixed-term Parliaments Act

The prime minister in 2020 will have to set up a review committee

By Colin Talbot  

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The passing of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act in 2011 has engendered no end of confusion amongst politicians, commentators and even some legal analysts.

Many commentators who ought to know better have carried on talking about “votes of confidence” and “confidence and supply” as if nothing much has changed. This “the conventions still apply” attitude has been reinforced by Theresa May’s ability to call a general election in June 2017—almost three years earlier than the scheduled May 2020 vote.

But one little noticed provision of the…

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