The prime minister vowed to unite the country, spread opportunity and “get Brexit done” after his snap election gamble paid off. With one constituency left to declare, the Tories stand poised to secure a majority of 78.
In contrast, it was a night of humiliation and defeat for Labour, losing a series of stronghold seats across the country.
After Labour’s share of MPs dropped from 243 to an estimated 203, leader Jeremy Corbyn announced that he would lead the party through a “process of reflection” before standing down ahead of the next election.
Here, we take a look at when voters can realistically expect to head back to the polls.
When will the next election be?
Under the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011, an election must be held every five years on the first Thursday of May.
Could there be an earlier election?
Theoretically, yes. If another snap election is called, Britain will head back to the polls once again.
How do we call another snap election?
Two-thirds of MPs (434) would need to vote in favour of a general election, or Boris Johnson would have to lose a confidence motion.
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