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    If you're the PM and you want an election under the FTPA, here's how you do it.

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    Carl Gardner

    First, table a motion “That there shall be an early parliamentary general election.” You need 434 MPs to back it.

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    That should be easy if the main opposition has 200+ MPs and has said it won't block an early election.

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    If in spite of saying it won't block an early election the opposition fails to support one, you then table a "self-no confidence" motion.

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    Carl Gardner

    That's a motion “That this House has no confidence in Her Majesty’s Government.” You say it's needed because of the opposition's cowardice.

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    You just need to "win" that motion by 1 vote. It doesn't matter how many MPs back you as long as you "win".

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    Carl Gardner

    Sounds weird for a government to no-confidence itself as a device to cause an election; but it's happened in Germany.

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    If you pass your "self-no confidence" motion, you argue that the FTPA allows you to simply wait 14 days. An election automatically follows.

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    Carl Gardner

    There is a theory that a no-confidenced government ought to resign & let the opposition try to govern. But the FTPA doesn't make that clear.

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    Carl Gardner

    A sufficiently plausible alternative reading of the FTPA is that the PM could simply sit on her hands for 14 days and force an election.

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    Carl Gardner

    I suspect that if the FTPA endures (I hope not!), this scenario will one day suit the PM's political purpose, and will eventually play out.

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