The life of a Parliament is now regulated by the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011, which provides for five-yearly general elections for the House of Commons1. The Parliament in existence dissolves at the beginning of the twenty-fifth working day before the polling day for the next parliamentary general election2. The date of the election may be postponed by up to a maximum of two months by order of the Prime Minister by statutory instrument3.
An early general election, causing a dissolution of the Parliament then in existence and summoning of a new one, may take place if either:
(1) the House
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