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How many Britons consider that Brexit has negatively affected them, now that COVID has been mostly contained?

According to this Financial Times movie, the UK has been significantly economically impacted by Brexit. According to them, this became clearer after COVID had been largely contained, but its economic ...
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Do Conservative party members care about the Northern Ireland protocol?

A lot of pro-Brexit politicians are outraged by the fact that the Northern Ireland protocol has imposed an economic border “in the middle of our country”. Most British people on the other hand, ...
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Has the UK enacted any changes in laws that would've been impossible while being an EU member?

The UK has left the EU and one of the biggest arguments in support was that idea that they could enact legislation that goes against EU rules, whether on trade with other nations, privacy, security, ...
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How many busses were torched in Northern Ireland as part of the Unionists' campaign against the Northern-Ireland Protocol?

Apparently there's a campaign on the ground to torch busses in Northern Ireland. Seemingly it's organized by Unionists, whom want to scrap the Northern Ireland Protocol. How many busses are involved ...
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Why did UK and EU agree NI Protocol with clause allowing unilateral action in the event of diversion of trade (DOT) when they knew DOT was inevitable?

Under the Protocol the UK government is responsible for applying checks on goods entering NI from the rest of the UK to ensure that goods destined for the Republic of Ireland meet EU regulations. This ...
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If the UK invokes Art 16 of the Northern Ireland Protocol, will the EU require a hard border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland [closed]

Under the Protocol the UK government is responsible for applying checks on goods entering NI from Great Britain to ensure that goods destined for the Republic of Ireland meet EU regulations. This is ...
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Has the UK's HMRC begun the process of inspecting arrivals of EU goods?

It was made clear at the start that notwithstanding EU checks on UK movements into the single market, Britain would delay its implementation of checks. Have they now begun? If not will it cause yet ...
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A list of UK businesses whose owner supported Brexit

First, sorry if this isn't a question that can be asked in here, if there is a more suitable stack-exchange please let me know and I will delete, no need to down vote. I am looking for a list of ...
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When Sir Jeffrey Donaldson campaigned to leave the EU, how exactly did he think the matter of the border would be resolved?

Donaldson complains bitterly that the Unionists in Northern Ireland have been let down by the Johnson government. That may well be the case - and it undoubtedly appears that there has been double ...
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Can a future UK government decide to rejoin the EU without a referendum?

Can a future UK government decide to rejoin the EU without a referendum or do they have to hold one?
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In what specific way has the the EU "turned [its] rules upside down and inside out" on medicines in Northern Ireland?

In response to UK government accusations that the EU has been inflexible on medicines under the Northern Ireland protocol (see e.g. Boris Johnson's charge on 30 cancer drugs) the EU ambassador to the ...
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Why does the UK want to remove medicines from the scope of the Northern Ireland protocol?

I've read on the BBC that the UK is seeking to renegotiate the NI protocol with the EU (which is part of the Brexit deal). I can understand why the UK sees some of the provisions as burdensome, but I'...
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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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Arguments for Scotland in non-EU United Kingdom?

Last referendum about it took place in 2014, and Scotland elected to stay in the United Kingdom. One of then Prime Minister David Cameron's main arguments was that independent Scotland would be ...
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What are UK and EU proposals for post-Brexit musical touring?

There has been persistent discussion e.g. https://www.theguardian.com/music/2021/jun/23/radiohead-new-order-and-more-artists-call-for-overhaul-of-post-brexit-touring-rules of the difficulties that ...
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What is the dispute resolution authority between London and Brussels now?

Whatever terms two parties agreed on, the deal is dead in the water unless there's an independent body that determines whether a party violated the agreement or not. Otherwise, the deal will function ...
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Are there any countries that the UK now has trade agreements with, that it didn't before it left the EU?

The big rationale touted by those who wanted Britain to leave the EU was that we would be able "to do trade deals around the world". By virtue of our membership of the EU, thanks to its ...
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How did the view of Continental Europe on Brexit change between the 2016 Referendum and today?

There are plenty of polls asking the British population what they think about Brexit, but there are hardly any polls regarding Continental Europe's view on it; especially no recent ones. Judging from ...
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How many pro independence Scottish voters are pro EU membership

It seems (to me, from a distance) that the SNP argument for a Scottish independence push is predicated on the idea that an independent Scotland will join the EU. Is there any good quality data ...
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What exactly does the collocation "pull the vote" mean?

Does it mean to give up and not organize the voting? Is there an opposite such as push (for) the vote? (I am an English learner/translator.) This is a context: "A ring-round of Cabinet on Friday ...
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How big is this customs-clearing fee that packages from the UK to the EU incur? [closed]

The BBC has an article that lots of Germans are apparently refusing to accept packages they ordered from the UK once they are presented with the new customs clearing form/fee. Since 1 January, lots ...
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Explain for kids — Why isn't Northern Ireland demanding a stay/leave referendum like Scotland?

https://politics.stackexchange.com/a/34470 is too abstruse — the history and religion conflicts are too complicated. I'm seeking answers written for a 10 y.o. Every week, I see a new article on the ...
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Could UK SMEs set up centers in Northern Ireland to maintain full access to both the EU and the rest of the UK?

Under the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement and Future Relationship, Northern Ireland is in a very advantageous position where it has full access to the EU for goods, and can also send goods to (but not ...
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What's the deal with the Irish border now, exactly?

I've read a couple of BBC articles on that (this and this one) but still don't have a clear picture of what the arrangement is. In the last weeks of 2020, I was a bit bewildered that all they talked ...
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Are the EU's "four freedoms" inseparable when negotiating a deal with a country?

I heard that, for whatever reasons, the EU wants its partners to agree (or not) to all four freedoms as one package (freedom of goods, services, capital, movement). So, for example, Norway agreed to ...
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Why does the EU-UK trade deal have the 7-bit ASCII table as an appendix?

I just noticed this on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thejsa_/status/1343291595899207681 Fun fact: the EU-UK post Brexit trade deal text includes a copy of the 7-bit ASCII table on page 977, just in ...
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How does the recent EU-UK trade treaty "go beyond a Canada-style" agreement, but still not require ratification by national parliaments under EU law?

The rules for ratifying EU trade treaties depend on what's in them. There are two categories known as "EU-only" and respectively "mixed" treaties, roughly discriminated along the ...
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Are there any polls on the acceptance of the "Irish Sea border" in the UK?

I'm venturing a guess that a symbol that may constitute a rallying cry for hardcore Brexiteers is going to be the "Irish Sea border" which is already making its (still subdued) appearance as ...
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The EU-Uk trade deal ratification by national parliaments

What would follow if any of the national parliaments refused to ratify the EU-UK trade agreement?
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To what extent are financial services in this last Brexit deal (trade agreement)?

I've read two somewhat conflicting accounts from the BBC on this. On one hand: [Boris Johnson] acknowledged he had been forced to give ground on his demands on fishing. "The EU began with I ...
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Have issues surrounding the Northern Ireland border been resolved?

The border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland was one of the thorny issues that plagued the initial stages of Brexit negotiations. During Prime Minister Theresa May's tenure, the ...
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Would France and other EU countries have been able to block freight traffic from the UK if the UK was still in the EU?

There are currently lorries queueing in their thousands in the south east of England as France has closed its border due to the fear of spreading the mutated strain of COVID-19. If the UK was still in ...
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Why did Labour lose the 2019 election?

Please tell me exactly why Labour lost the 2019 election. I heard it was because their program was too leftish that time. Now I've read this passage on Wikipedia: In June 2020, the Labour Together ...
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Channel Islands Equivalence in Financial Services

The Channel Islands are not 'in' the EU Single Market, but have a close relationship with it; this is particularly true in Financial Services, where they have a wide-ranging Equivalence agreement. ...
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Why don't the UK and EU agree to fish only in their territorial waters?

In following the ongoing Brexit negotiations, I notice that fishing rights in UK waters is a sticking point, e.g. But the two sides have yet to narrow gaps on two of the thorniest issues: fishing ...
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Total hours of Brexit negotiations? [closed]

Brexit negotiations are important, as there is much to lose on both sides. But I am wondering: How many hours were spent since the referendum on negotiation talks? Is it possible to estimate? I could ...
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Is there still a way to avoid a hard Brexit on January first that does not require agreement of all individual EU members?

Brexit negotiations are still ongoing although the UK is scheduled to leave the EU on the 31st of December. As I understand it there are essentially three options. Some kind of trade deal is agreed, ...
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In Brexit, what does "not compromise sovereignty" mean?

In the Brexit negotiations there have been various pledges and demands that the final agreement will "not compromise [UK] sovereignty". E.g: Brexit fishing fury: Boris warned fishing ...
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What was the relative importance of EU regulations as a reason for Brexit?

In the National Review article, Only the Supreme Court Can Effectively Restrain the Administrative State, December 1, 2020, there is a sentence, emboldened below, If the administrative state ...
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Could the leaving of pro-brexit advisors be a prelude to the UK remaining in the EU? [closed]

There are people who were influential in attempting to make the UK leave the EU. Some of them have gone. Some of them were significant influences. Now that Nigel Farage and Dominic Cummings (BBC link) ...
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Post-Brexit Fisheries deal [closed]

While progress has been made in many areas of the Brexit negotiations, Fisheries and the Level-playing-field continue to be sticking points. In particular, the EU has so far rejected a Norway-style ...
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Brexit Timeline as of November 2020

Boris Johnson's October 15th deadline for negotiations was somewhat artificial, but it represented the real need to have any post-Brexit trade deal negotiated, signed, and ratified by the end of the ...
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Why is the UK blaming the EU and what does the UK want?

I believe I know the Brexit issue pretty well. However, I haven't been closely following it since Boris became PM (but still followed it somewhat). What I don't understand is this: [...] what we can'...
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Good Friday Agreement and WTO rules

WTO 'equal treatment' rules were not mentioned anywhere in the Good Friday Agreement (GFA) when it was first formulated in the late 1990s. But do Global Trade rules implicitly and automatically ...
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In the absence of a trade deal, and an amended withdrawal agreement, how will smuggling be prevented across the Irish border?

The extreme wing of the Conservative party which is currently ascendant in Britain, argues that there will never be a hard border in Ireland, because no one would build one, Britain, Ireland nor the ...
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What's the problem with the Internal Market Bill's article 42?

The IMB's article 42 (pg 38) states (emphasis mine): 42 Power to disapply or modify export declarations and other exit procedures (1) A Minister of the Crown may by regulations make provision about ...
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Brexit: In what specific ways is the UK government planning to break international law (previous agreements)?

I've read this BBC news story in full, but I'm still confused what the UK government is planning to do. It seems it concerns the Northern Ireland Protocol, but the specifics are unclear: No 10 ...
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Where does Starbucks Europe pay taxes?

I've heard that when Starbucks was doing tax evasion (by exporting all their benefits in the Netherlands and then claiming that they don't have any benefits in the UK and France for example). I've ...
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Have any polls surveyed the opinion of Brexit supporters on the recent decision on Hong Kong BN(O) passport holders?

On July 1st, the UK Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, & Home Secretary, Priti Patel, announced that a 'path to full British citizenship' would be opened to Hong Kong British National (Overseas) ...
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Implications of Brexit Political Declaration

There is some debate as to whether or not the UK has a mandatory obligation to apply EU rules in Domestic activites beyond 2020, irrespective of what Brexit (Trade) Deal is negotiated. The Political ...
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