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Dissolution of Parliament

The dissolution of Parliament took place on Thursday 30 May 2024. All business in the House of Commons and House of Lords has come to an end. There are currently no MPs and every seat in the Commons is vacant until after the general election on 4 July 2024.

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In the 17th century Parliament laid down a framework of protection for British trade which remained largely unchanged until the early 19th century


In the 19th century Parliament removed controls on British trade in order to attract global markets for Britain's rapidly expanding industries


Projects to expand some of Britain's most important docks in the 19th century were initiated by Parliament


The development of many of Britain's trading ports in the 18th century was authorised by individual Acts of Parliament


Parliament took drastic steps in the 18th century to ensure that markets for British-made goods were not threatened by those produced in the colonies


Parliament has played a central role in establishing Britain's modern trading relationships with Europe

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