Chloe Smith – 2020 Comments on Abolishing Fixed Terms Parliament Act

The comments made by Chloe Smith, the Minister for the Constitution and Devolution, on 1 December 2020.

The Fixed-term Parliaments Act caused constitutional chaos last year which, when combined with total gridlock in Parliament, meant the previous Government couldn’t deliver what it was asked to do.

Ultimately, at critical moments for our country, we trust the public to decide. So we are going back to the system that lets elections happen when they are needed. We want to return to constitutional arrangements that give people more confidence in what to expect, and more security.