On Thursday the public will again be summoned to the polls again to decide who will lead the country – but what happens when one party does not win enough parliamentary seats to get a majority?
This is when we see a hung parliament.
If a party fails to take the majority – 326 seats of the 650-seat House of Commons – the leader of the party with the most seats is given the opportunity to form a Government.
The leader can either go into a formal coalition with other parities in which the partners share ministerial jobs – this happened between the Conservatives and Lib Dems in 2010.
Or the leader could take on a “confidence and supply” arrangement with smaller parties which would agree on main legislation – this happened between the Conservatives and the DUP in 2017.
If neither work, the Prime Minister must ask the Queen to invite someone else to form a Government.
As the bookies, however, and a hung parliament outcome is very unlikely with all offering short odds on a Conservative majority.