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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 '19 at 4:15
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    @Jan you can only really go by current law, as otherwise the question is essentially unanswerable... – Moo Dec 13 '19 at 4:22
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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 '19 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 '19 at 11:27
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    @StopHarmingMonica Not unreasonable - the same page also has the line "The 2015 general election was held on 7 May 2015, the first, and so far only, use of the Act to dictate the date of the election." The line you quote might be a mistake, or a bit of text left over from when the article was first written, before 2015. (Actually I just checked the edit history - the line exists as you quoted it in a randomly selected version of the page from 2014, so I think it's just never been removed after it became out of date). – PhillS Dec 13 '19 at 12:25

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