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2015 – AN ACT TO AMEND THE FIXED-TERM PARLIAMENTS ACT 2015

[7 October 2015]

An ACT to amend the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act 2015

BE IT THEREFORE ENACTED by the King’s Most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords and Burgesses of the Realm, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

I. SHORT TITLE

This act may be cited as “An Act to Amend the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act 2015.”

II. ELECTION OF THE PRIME MINISTER

1. By the passage of this Act, the Fixed Term Parliaments Act of 2015, Section C. Paragraphs 2 and 3 shall be modified in the laws of this Realm to read as follows:

Prior to the delivery of His Majesty’s Most Gracious Speech and the Humble Address, the first order of business of a new Parliament shall be the nomination of an qualified individual who shall be recommended by Parliament to His Majesty for appointment as Prime Minister. An individual is qualified for nomination who is a lawfully-initiated subject of His Majesty having a place and a voice in the sitting Parliament according to law.

The aforesaid order of business may occur immediately after the administration of the Affirmation of Loyalty or be postponed to a more convenient moment or day at the discretion of the Lord Chancellor or other the moderator of Parliament, but it may not be postponed any later than 48 hours following the opening of Parliament, nor may the introduction of any Bill precede it.

2. The remainder of the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act, 2015 shall remain in force as written.

III. COMMENCEMENT

This legislation and all the provisions therein shall come into force upon receiving the Royal Assent.

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