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When will the election be called?

The government says it’s ready to launch the election campaign this year, but the timing is uncertain.

Prime Minister Nick Clegg’s office has been keeping tabs on the situation and has released a statement saying it is “working with our allies to prepare for the inevitable”.

“We are confident that we can mobilise and get to the next election on time and we are fully confident that the public will support a Government that will deliver the good times and the good jobs,” the statement said.

It comes after it emerged that Prime Minister George Osborne was still counting on a majority in the House of Commons.

“We will take the time needed to build up the coalition that we have built,” the spokesman said. 

The coalition was formed in 2015, but a majority government is not in sight yet. 

Mr Clegg has said he would like to see the UK leave the EU in 2019, but has been accused of being too cautious with his stance on Brexit. 

“We have to make sure that we stay inside the single market, the customs union and the customs unions.

And we need to do that while still ensuring that we retain a free trade agreement with the European Union,” he said.”

The best way of doing that is to have a deal, a good deal, that will give the British people a better deal.”

And I think that’s what’s going to be the best way to deliver that.” 

However, with the election due in 2020, Mr Osborne could be forced to do a deal sooner than 2020 if the Conservatives are to hold on to their majority in Parliament. 

If they lose the election in 2020 and are forced to form a minority government, they would need to negotiate a deal with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to stay in the European Single Market. 

They could also have to agree to a deal to remain within the European Economic Area (EEA). 

If the Conservatives win in 2020 but fail to form the majority they would not be able to pass a law that would allow for a referendum on Brexit, which the party would need support from the SNP and Lib Dems to pass. 

What is the political impact of the vote? 

The Conservative party is expected to lose seats across the country, with a majority of only 12 in a House of Lords election.

There are currently four parties in the UK Parliament: Labour, the Conservatives, the Liberal Democrats and the SNP. 

Labour is the largest party with 32 seats, while the Conservatives have 27 seats and the Liberal Democrat have nine seats.

The Conservatives would need a net gain of 10 seats to retain power in 2020. 

Are you planning to vote?

What are the options for you?

If you’re thinking about voting for the Conservative party, you can follow the full election results in our guide to the results.

If you are undecided on who to vote for, here are the other options: Party Votes Votes for Liberal Democrats Labour 7, Conservative 9, SNP 7, UKIP 7, Green 1, Plaid Cymru 1, Others 0. 

Why is the election important?

The Conservative Party has made it clear they are committed to Brexit, but Mr Clegg, who has said the country will have to “do what is right” for the sake of the economy, is under pressure from a number of Labour, Liberal Democrat and SNP MPs who have indicated they are considering voting against him in 2020 if he is to form an alliance with the DUP.

Labour has been the largest opposition party since the election of 2010, but they will be facing a tough election fight next year as they look to retain the House. 

Can you vote?

If there are any issues with the system, you could still be eligible to vote.

If you have a mobile phone, you may be able call an online poll to find out more about the process.

If you want to know more about how to vote, you should read our guide on how to register.