BORIS Johnson has said he wants to hold a general election in December.

But everything is still up in the air with the two main parties seemingly split on whether a general election should be held and if so, when it should be.

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Boris Johnson has said he wants a general election on December 12
What are the General Election odds?

Bookies slashed the odds of a December general election after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on October 24 he would push for a snap election on Monday.

He wants to hold a vote on December 12.

However, the motion is under the Fixed Terms Parliament Act he will need two thirds of the Commons to approve it – 434 MPs.

But Mr Corbyn has admitted he will sink Mr Johnson's plan unless it is agreed Britain will never leave the EU without a deal.

The EU has confirmed it will grant an extension to the Brexit deadline but will decide on how long is given next week.

Mr Corbyn said: "His deal includes the possibility of a No Deal exit. We have got to hold him to account."

French President Emmanuel Macron wants Britain to leave the EU in just two weeks – but the rest of the bloc want a three-month flexible extension where we leave whenever a deal is passed.

For all the latest Brexit news, see our Brexit blog here.

Paddy Power puts the odds of an election this year at 15/8 while having one in 2020 is at 8/15.

The chances of Jeremy Corbyn becoming the next PM also shortened into 7/4 from 2/1, as the current PM confirmed he had written a letter to the Labour leader.

However, the news also saw the Conservative Party’s chances of winning most seats at the next election move to odds-on 1/8 – or around an 88% chance.

Ladbrokes is less certain a general election will take place this year, offering odds of 2/1 but has the odds of an election in 2020 at 1/2.

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Jeremy Corbyn said he has certain conditions that have to be met before he backs a general election
Why would Boris want to trigger a General Election?

Boris Johnson has threatened to ditch his Brexit Bill and will demand a Christmas election if he loses a crunch Commons clash with rebel MPs tonight.

At the start of a titanic clash in the Commons, Boris said: "I will in no way allow months more of this.

"If Parliament refuses to allow Brexit to happen and instead gets its way to delay until January, in no way can the Government continue with this.

"And with great regret the bill will have to be pulled and we will have to go forward to a General Election."

But an election – which there is no guarantee that MPs would vote for – would mean Boris breaks his do-or-die promise to leave the EU on October 31 in order to go to the polls.

A motion for the snap poll would be tabled by the Government which would require the support of two-thirds of MPs under the Fixed-term Parliaments Act (FTPA).

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnnell has said he is “up for” an election “whenever the time comes”.

But it seems both the Tories and Labour are split over whether or not to back an election and when it should be.


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When could a General Election take place?

Boris could try and call a snap election at any time.

He would have to pass a vote of MPs in the Commons first, however, thanks to the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act.

Elections in this country take place on a Thursday.

By law, Parliament is dissolved 25 working days before a general election.


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