post-title Downing Street rejects Hague call for snap election

Downing Street rejects Hague call for snap election

Downing Street rejects Hague call for snap election

Downing Street has rejected former Conservative leader Lord Hague’s call to hold a snap general election.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Lord Hague said bringing forward an election “would strengthen the government’s hand at home and abroad” which could help with Brexit negotiations.

A No 10 source told the BBC it was not something Prime Minister Theresa May “plans to do or wishes to do”.

The next election is due in May 2020 under the Fixed-term Parliaments Act.

Lord Hague suggested repealing the legislation, which was brought in by the coalition government, but acknowledged an imminent election was unlikely.

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