For how long will the UK government / parliament elected on December 12, 2019 remain (serve?), if we're not counting any possible new non-regular elections?

Put in another way: When will the next regular general election for UK parliament be held?

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The current law — the 2011 Fixed Term Parliaments Act — sets the next election as “the first Thursday in May of the fifth year after the last General Election”, which would make the next scheduled General Election the 2nd of May 2024.

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    Also not counting any potential acts that might amend or repeal the FTPA.
    – Jan
    Dec 13, 2019 at 4:15
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    @Jan you can only really go by current law, as otherwise the question is essentially unanswerable...
    – user16741
    Dec 13, 2019 at 4:22
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    Correct, was intended more as a hint towards OP since they explicitly noted non-regular elections but not any changes to the FTPA.
    – Jan
    Dec 13, 2019 at 4:24
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    Note that the Tories explicitly promised to repeal the FTPA in their manifesto, and given they never wanted it and suffered under it it's reasonable to assume that they will do so. This does not materially change the answer though IMO, as the previous rules mandated a 5 year term at maximum and given their strong majority now there's no reason to suspect they'll call an earlier election.
    – Dan Scally
    Dec 13, 2019 at 8:05
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    @DavidRicherby Which is all one can do until such time it ceases to be in force. The answer also (implicitly) assumes there won't be WW3 in the interim, and that an asteroid will not devastate life on earth in 2022. There are many things that could happen to change the date... repealing FTPA is only one of them.
    – TripeHound
    Dec 13, 2019 at 11:27

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