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Next week, Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt will become the UK's new prime minister. Both have ruled out holding a general election before the 31 October Brexit deadline. However, some MPs say they are willing to trigger one. So, how soon could the UK be going back to the polls? IS AN ELECTION INEVITABLE? There is nothing in law that says Mr Johnson or Mr Hunt must hold a general election when they take over from Theresa May. As long as the Conservatives remain in power, the new party leader becomes prime minister automatically, as long as they continue to have support from most MPs. This is not unprecedented. When Gordon Brown took over as Labour prime minister from Tony Blair in 2007, he waited until 2010 before holding an election. Full story

19 July