The United Kingdom went to the polls in December 2019 to determine the future - so now the countdown begins to the next General Election which is scheduled for May 2, 2024.
The 2019 general election was held on December 12, 2019 – just two-and-a-half years after the previous UK election in June 2017.
The early election was triggered following a lengthy period of deadlock in Parliament about how to proceed with Brexit, an issue that has dominated domestic politics since the EU Referendum in 2016, and also dominated the election campaign.
The 2019 Election saw the Conservatives win with a majority, winning with their biggest majority since Margaret Thatcher in 1987. In contrast, Labour suffered their worst result since before the Second World War, with Jeremy Corbyn announcing as soon as the results came in that he will not lead the party into the next Election.
While Prime Minster Boris Johnson had largely campaigned with the promise to “get Brexit done”, Mr Corbyn campaigned on large public spending increases as well as nationalisation.
PM Johnson’s gamble has paid off, and the UK is set to leave the European Union at the end of January 2020.
In line with the Fixed-term Parliament Act, the next election is scheduled to be held on May 2, 2024 in what will be the 58th general election in the United Kingdom.
For that date to be brought forward – as happened in 2019 – the House of Commons would have to trigger a resolution which is supported by at least two thirds of the total membership of the House; or by a vote of no confidence in the government.