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Because a VNC in the government, per the required form in the FTPA, would, after a 14 day period with no new VOC,  trigger a new election in 25 days. So unless the existing government had sent a letter requesting an extension the UK could have crashed out before the election had occurred? It would seem safer to secure a VNC only against the existing PM, secure a VOC for a new leader and then ask the Queen to dismiss the current PM and recognize the new PM. Frank has suggested that it might be even safer just to vote no confidence in Boris and then just ask the Queen to appoint a new PM as that would avoid Parliament having to agree on a candidate.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Sep 27th, 2019 at 03:41:23 PM EST
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Won't work. The Queen will appoint the leader of the party or coalition that can command a majority. It's not up to her to choose.

This government (not just this PM) does not have a majority in the House of Commons.

Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing, Nothing you can measure anymore
L. Cohen

by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Fri Sep 27th, 2019 at 03:55:04 PM EST
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