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Boris Johnson is the current Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. He has also served as mayor of London and as foreign secretary of the UK. Use this tag with the [united-kingdom] tag.

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Why is the vote of no confidence on the prime minister for Conservative MPs only?

There will be a vote of no confidence in the prime minister of the UK today, but it is limited to Conservative MPs only and requires a majority of them to pass the motion. None of the media coverage I ...
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What are the current factions and policy/ideological splits in the UK Conservative party?

The Johnson government had higher spending than previous Labour governments. He started by ousting a lot of the hawkish members such as Sajid Javid. Liz Truss has been a member of both this ...
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Who are the White House staff member or members that are cutting off the President from taking questions?

Apparently President Biden is routinely cut off and prevented from taking questions from reporters by the White House staff who are never identified in these reports. Most recently this occurred ...
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Why does Boris Johnson seek to renegotiate the Brexit deal with the EU?

The UK wants to renegotiate the Brexit deal with the EU, mostly because of Northern Ireland's current (and future) situation. The EU immediately rejected the offer. My question is: Why does Boris ...
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What is Boris Johnson carrying?

This is a cropped photo from a recent article ("In Last-Ditch Bid for Brexit Deal, Leaders’ Theatrics Show the Stakes", NY Times): I think I've seen similar past photos of the PM or other ...
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How could Keir Starmer force an early general election?

Boris Johnson is the current Prime Minister of the UK, and with a huge majority of 364 to 277. The next general election is scheduled for 2024. What are the paths for an earlier election, other than ...
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How long has it taken each Prime Minister to appear in front of the Commons Liaison Committee?

On May 27th, Boris Johnson appeared before the Commons Liaison Committee, a Select Committee made up of the chairs of the other Select Committees. The UK parliament website describes the committee's ...
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How can Angela Merkel and Boris Johnson be considered more socially progressive than Bernie Sanders? [closed]

I have heard repeatedly that, despite being considered one of the most progressive/leftist mainstream politican in the United States, Bernie Sanders could actually be considered relatively moderate by ...
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Has Johnson's spokesman explained why he believes the Arcuri investigation was "a waste of police time"?

A report by the Independent Office for Police Conduct has found no evidence that Boris Johnson's relationship with Jennifer Arcuri caused him to influence the payment of any sponsorship monies to Ms ...
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Is it normal for the Prime Minister to be absent from Cobra meetings?

On April 19th, the Sunday Times accused Boris Johnson of missing five meetings of Cobra, the national crisis committee: Unusually, Boris Johnson had been absent from Cobra. The committee — which ...
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How long has the role of Chief Adviser to the Prime Minister existed in the UK?

Currently in the UK, Dominic Cummings is the Prime Minister's Chief Adviser. I am trying to learn about this position, but cannot find much information about it. How long has this position existed ...
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How did Boris Johnson chair the cabinet meetings while he has COVID-19?

I didn't follow the UK news closely, so please enlighten me on how cabinet meetings were conducted by Boris Johnson while he has COVID-19. All I've read on this is that: Prime Minister Boris Johnson ...
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How did Boris Johnson manage to be elected Mayor of London for two terms when London is usually staunchly Labour?

In 2008, Boris Johnson beat Ken Livingstone by 6.4% of the vote share in the second round of voting. He repeated this feat in 2012, if by a slimmer margin. How did he manage to win these elections, ...
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Is it usual for a US president to make specific comments about a UK Prime Minister's suitability during a general election?

According to a BBC ariticle, Trump has made comments like: Jeremy Corbyn would be "so bad" as prime minister Of Boris Johnson: "[He's] the exact right guy for the times" Is it usual for a US ...
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How did British Parliament Speaker John Bercow change the pace of debate in the House of Commons?

The Washington Post's British Parliament Speaker John Bercow bellows ‘Orrrrder!’ for the last time says: (Boris) Johnson, the prime minister, in his farewell this week, said Bercow had “done more ...
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Was there a precedent of circumventing Commons supermajority requirement?

Background: current UK government led by prime minister Boris Johnson wants to call an early election. But Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 requires 2/3 supermajority in Commons for that, which the ...
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What does Boris Johnson stand to gain from holding an election on the 12th rather than the 9th of December?

Boris Johnson stated that he wants to have a general election on the 12th of December, and very clearly he is trying to paint these election as a "referendum" (even though a referendum is not based on ...
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What does "2 fingers to Scotland" mean in Peter Grant's statement about Johnson not listening to the SNP's Westminster leader speeches?

SNP MP Peter Grant accuses Boris Johnson of walking out of the chamber while his party's Westminster leader Ian Blackford was still speaking. In a tweet, he claims it is the "third or fourth time ...
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How can/will the EU respond to Boris Johnson's three letters? [closed]

In the words of the Guardian, The prime minister sent a total of three letters: an unsigned photocopy of the request he was obliged to send under the Benn Act, an explanatory letter from the UK’...
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Has Boris Johnson effectively told the EU that a "No Deal" Brexit is a bluff?

Boris Johnson is not happy about the Benn Act because he wants to use "No Deal" as a bargaining chip. This strikes me as a bluff. If it is a bluff, he's told the EU it's a bluff as well. However, he ...
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How can the British government both obey the Benn Act and still leave without a Brexit deal?

The European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 2) Act 2019 mandates the Prime Minister of the UK to seek a Brexit extension unless a withdrawal agreement is agreed. However Boris Johnson has also repeatedly ...
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Why did Boris Johnson fly home after the prorogation of parliament was declared illegal?

After the Supreme Court judgement declaring the prorogation illegal, Boris Johnson flew home to attend to parliamentary business. Why did he do this? Was it for personal gain or is he required to by ...
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Could Boris Johnson face criminal charges for illegally proroguing Parliament?

Since the UK Supreme Court has ruled that the proroguing of the UK Parliament was illegal, is Boris Johnson personally culpable? Does this depend on whether the UK Parliament and its democratic ...
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Can Johnson take a gamble: refuse to apply for an extension, go to jail and help the Tories win the election and release him? [closed]

If Johnson refused to apply for an extension and went to jail, he would probably become a "no-deal martyr" for hardline Brexiteers, which would motivate them and increase the chances of no-deal Brexit ...
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Could Boris Johnson send the extension to Brussels via a slow route that would not arrive before Oct.31

Could Boris Johnson fulfill his legal duty to send the required extension request to Brussels by posting it via a post/courier that would not arrive before Oct.31. I believe it was a 2 week window ...
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Why can't (doesn't?) Boris Johnson resign?

Why can't or doesn't Boris Johnson resign? In other parliamentary democracies, when the government loses support in the parliament (losing majority/vote of confidence) they typically resign and the ...
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Can the British Prime Minister change the election date on his own?

According to this news item, Shadow justice secretary Richard Burgon said he did not trust Boris Johnson not to call an election for mid-October and then change the date afterwards. This implies ...
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Why did Boris Johnson call for new elections?

I find myself confused by the events of the day. The BBC reports them as thus Tory rebels and opposition MPs have defeated the government in the first stage of their attempt to pass a law designed to ...
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What did Boris Johnson mean when he said "extra 34 billion going into the NHS"

According to a speech given by Boris Johnson on 2nd September 2019, there are plans for "an extra 34 billion going into the NHS". What does "going into" mean in this context? Given that the annual ...
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Why is Boris Johnson visiting only Paris & Berlin if every member of the EU needs to agree on a withdrawal deal?

LONDON: Boris Johnson will tell Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron that there must be a new Brexit deal when he makes his first trip abroad as Prime Minister. Johnson will make clear to the French ...
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Prime Minister's Official Spokesperson (PMOS) under Boris Johnson

I know that James Slack was the last PMOS under Theresa May. Who is in this position under Boris Johnson?
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What does this Boris Johnson article mean? How we can interpret it? [closed]

Recently, Boris Johnson wrote an article in response to Putin's speech about liberalism: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2019/06/30/will-prove-vladimir-putin-wrong-leaving-eu-october-31/ There ...
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Boris Johnson's derogatory comments about British business?

An ING analysis on the latest Brexit developments says: Another key Brexiteer, the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson also quit this Monday in another big setback for the Prime Minister's authority. ...
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Why do the Tories keep Boris Johnson around? [closed]

Boris Johnson is both a well-known and perennial figure in the British Conservative Party. Despite his highly-educated background, he cultivates a public personality likable to a bumbling-fool while ...
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