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Old 09-03-2019, 10:24 PM
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I agree. Point of the FTPA was to put parliament, not the executive, in control of the decision to hold an early election. Opposition MPs (and backbench government MPs) have a position in parliament in a way that (obviously) they do not in the executive, so a consequence of this shift of control is to give opposition and backbench MPs a greater degree of influence over the calling of an early election than they previously had. It is not unconstitutional, or a dereliction of duty, for them to exercise that influence.