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'Immediate general election' will now be considered for debate in parliament

Daisy Phillipson

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'Immediate general election' will now be considered for debate in parliament

A petition calling for an 'immediate general election' to 'end of the chaos of the current government' has reached more than 100,000 signatures.

And according to UK rules, petitions that reach 10,000 signatures get a response from the government, while those with 100,000 signatures are considered for debate in Parliament.

This was confirmed in an update on the campaign's page, which says: "Parliament will consider this for a debate," adding that there's 'less than a day' wait for a date.

Earlier this month, Liz Truss was named as the new Prime Minister of the UK after Boris Johnson was booted out of Downing Street.

People don't have trust in Liz Truss' government capabilities. Credit: ZUMA Press, Inc./Alamy Stock Photo
People don't have trust in Liz Truss' government capabilities. Credit: ZUMA Press, Inc./Alamy Stock Photo

But despite her support from a number of Tory MPs, many have already criticised the new PM for her lack of ideas on how to deal with the growing cost of living crisis.

This and a number of other issues were highlighted in the petition, which reads: "The chaos engulfing the UK government is unprecedented.

"Over 40 ministers resigned leaving departments without leadership during cost of living, energy and climate crises.

"War rages in Ukraine; the Northern Ireland Protocol has further damaged our relationship with Europe; recession looms; the UK itself may cease to exist as Scotland seeks independence.

"This is the greatest set of challenges we have seen in our lifetimes. Let the people decide who leads us through this turmoil."

It adds: "Call an immediate general election so that the people can decide who should lead us through the unprecedented crises threatening the UK."

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Since the update was posted, the number of signatures has grown significantly by around 3,500 and counting.

Parliament also responded to the petition when it reached its 10,000 milestone, and frankly it didn't sound too into the idea.

The statement reads: "The United Kingdom is a Parliamentary democracy, not a Presidential one.

"Following the general election of December 2019, Members of Parliament of the governing party (the Conservative Party) were elected, such that there is a majority in the House of Commons.

"This remains the case. A change in the leader of the governing party does not trigger a general election - this has been the case under governments of successive political colours."

It continues: "In her speech of 6 September 2022, the new Prime Minister set out three early priorities: to grow Britain’s economy, deal with the energy crisis caused by Putin’s war, and putting the national health service on a firm footing.

The call for an 'immediate general election' will be considered for a parliamentary debate. Credit: REUTERS/Alamy Stock Photo
The call for an 'immediate general election' will be considered for a parliamentary debate. Credit: REUTERS/Alamy Stock Photo

"The Prime Minister is determined to address the challenges the country faces and ensure opportunity and prosperity for all people and future generations."

However, clearly people remain skeptical about these pledges, as evidenced by the flurry of people jumping on to sign the petition - as for whether the debate goes ahead, looks like we don't have to wait long to find out.

Featured Image Credit: AKP Photos/Russell Hart/Alamy Stock Photo

Topics: Politics, UK News

Daisy Phillipson
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