Britain Could Face Second Election before Christmas, Clegg Warns

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(Reuters) – Britain faces a disruptive second election before Christmas if either of the two main parties try to govern alone as minority governments after Thursday’s ballot, Nick Clegg, the deputy prime minister and Liberal Democrat leader, warned on Tuesday.

Two days before the country’s closest election since the 1970s, Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives and the opposition Labour Party are level in most polls with neither on track to win outright.

That raises the prospect of another coalition, something Britain has had since 2010, or of one of the two main parties trying to govern as a minority administration relying on smaller parties for support on a vote-by-vote basis.

Clegg, whose centrist party has been in coalition with Cameron’s Conservatives for the last five years, wants to form another coalition with whoever wins the most seats and votes in Thursday’s election.

He therefore has an interest in talking up the risks of minority governments.

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