Jeremy Vine caller exposes crucial SNP obstacle to Boris Johnson election gamble

Jeremy Vine caller discusses number of elections there have been

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Caller Linaire called the Jeremy Vine Show on Channel 5 to point out the hypocrisy of Boris Johnson for denying the SNP a second vote on Scottish independence while speculation surfaces of plans to call a fifth general election in 13 years. Reports suggest Mr Johnson may hold an election in 2023 which Linaire says contradicts the Torys telling the SNP it would not be right to hold another independence referendum so close to the last one. Host Mr Vine’s jaw dropped as he praised the excellent point.

Speaking on the Jeremy Vine Show, Linaire was invited to share her opinions on the early election rumours. 

She told the programme: “[I’d back] anything that would get rid of the Tories preferably.

“But I’m going to do a quick slight on this, because if there is a general election in 2023 that will be the fifth election in 13 years since the Tories have been in power.

“Why is there such a fuss about the SNP having two votes in seven years?”

Mr Vine listed off the previous elections with the coalition in 2010, David Cameron’s victory in 2015, Theresa May in 2017 and Boris Johnson in 2019.

The next general election rumoured to be held in 2023 would make it five elections.

Political commentators are predicting the PM may call an early general election after looking at the recent cabinet reshuffle.

Some state the removal of some failing ministers may allow Mr Johnson to go into an early general election with essentially a clean slate.

According to The Telegraph, Oliver Dowden who is now the Conservative co-chair told MPs to get ready for an election.

The paper predicts the next election could be held in May 2023, only 20 months away. 

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As part of the Fixed-Term Parliament Act, the next general election would happen at some point towards the end of 2024.

However, MPs voted to approve the Dissolution and Calling of Parliament Bill this week awaiting Lord’s approval meaning the five-year rule can now be repealed.

With the combination of the reshuffle, many are predicting an early election is on the horizon.

In 2014, Scotland voted no in an independence referendum which was touted as being a “once in a lifetime” vote.

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Since then, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has been campaigning for another vote and has demanded Westminster gives her the right to hold a referendum.

Under the Scotland Act 1998, Scotland can not make decisions on things that would threaten the unity of the Union, essentially denying an independence referendum without Westminster approval.

However, a Section 30 order can be implemented to suspend parts of the act meaning Scotland could hold a binding referendum.

Boris Johnson has repeatedly denied the order and has been a staunch opponent to Scottish independence.

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