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For questions regarding Britain's exit from the European Union, popularly termed 'brexit'. Use with the [united-kingdom] and [european-union] tags, depending on which parties your question refers to

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Is there anything uniquely difficult about repealing Treaty law?

The proposed “Chequers Agreement” if passed would involve a new treaty committing the UK to ongoing regulatory alignment for goods. Some Leavers view this with suspicion because they view this kind ...
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How can the Northern Ireland backstop take effect if there is “no deal”?

The Northern Ireland “backstop” is the fall-back position currently being negotiated as part of the UK/EU Withdrawal Agreement with regard to treatment of the UK/Eire border should the UK exit without ...
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When UK politicians say MPs will “vote against the Chequers plan”, what vote are they referring to?

On 12 July, the UK government published a white paper on its vision for the future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union, dubbed the Chequers plan. There is disagreement on ...
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How did Labour party members in England vote in the 2016 Brexit referendum?

Polling data is readily available on how members of the Labour across Britain voted in the Brexit referendum: 65% for remain. However, this exit poll includes Labour voters across Great Britain*, and ...
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Could a post-no-deal-Brexit UK urgently join EFTA and access the ESM that way?

EFTA is a free-trade organisation of Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein. Three of those are members of the EEA, Switzerland has bilateral agreements with the EU, such that all ...
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Does this European Citizen's Initiative have any chance of success?

I have recently been made aware of this petition to make EU citizenship permanent (prompted by Brexit): Noting the ECJ’s view of Union citizenship as a ‘fundamental status’ of nationals of Member ...
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Would UK citizens require a visa to enter the Schengen area in case of a no-deal Brexit?

If the UK leaves the EU without any deal (the so-called "no-deal" or "Hard" Brexit) and it is not placed on the Annex II list of countries of the Schengen agreement, would UK citizens begin to ...
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What's Rees-Mogg's constituency, socioeconomically?

Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg is one of the advocates of unilateral free trade it seems. But looking at his constituency profile on Wikipedia it looks like a bunch of farmers and "light industry". ...
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What's a “Minister for Brexit”?

David Jones is described as formerly such "Minister for Brexit". But how is this job description related to the position of Brexit Secretary which was (only) held by David Davis and is now held by ...
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Have any prominent Brexiteers argued for the UK to become a duty-free country (like Singapore)?

If the UK exits the EU without a written (and WTO-compliant) free-trade agreement, it would fall back to MFN rules: An exit from the EU, for example, would cause the UK to lose the preferential ...
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What's this EU concession the British press is talking about… in EU representative's own words?

Wikipedia has this summary as the latest (August) status of Brexit talks: On August 9, The Times and Business Insider said that EU had made concessions and agreed to accept, among other things, a ...
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Is the UK asking for increased influence over the EU post-Brexit?

Recently I heard a BBC correspondent speaking on Radio 4 about why the UK is finding it so hard to get what it wants from the Brexit negotiations. The correspondent said that EU politicians had told ...
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Leaving the EU without a deal and MFN rules

If the UK left the EU without a trade deal, trade with the EU would continue because it would be illegal to offer the UK worse trade terms than any other third country under WTO most-favoured nation ...
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Can schedules be bilaterally agreed in the WTO forum?

Can schedules be brokered bilaterally, i.e. without consent of other WTO members, or do all WTO members have to ratify all WTO deals? I am trying to understand if all WTO members will need to ratify ...
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No deal Brexit - how to transition to a new UK/WTO legal interface

If the UK leaves the EU without an EU deal, then I thought UK trade would happen on WTO terms. If this is incorrect, on what terms would trade occur? Is it correct to say that WTO-based trade cannot ...
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How does Brexit affect trade between the UK and countries outside of the EU?

While the negotiations between the UK and the EU are currently front-page news, what happens to treaties and agreements UK is automatically a party of by virtue of their EU-membership? Are there ...
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What's the extent of Russian involvement in Brexit, according to latest research?

I found a Channel 4 piece from November last year, discussing 3 papers, roughly in the order of the quantity of evidence (which however might be inversely correlated with the certainty that they were ...
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Could (in theory) the British government or some other British entity “neuter” the British MEPs before Brexit (Spring 2019)?

http://www.lindamcavanmep.org.uk/other-issues/brexit.php says The government has decided that both British Ministers and MEPs will continue to play a full role in EU affairs up until Brexit. I was, ...
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Would European Parliament members from the UK get to vote on the final Brexit deal?

Presuming that a deal is negotiated between the UK and the EU, there would most likely have to be a vote in the European Parliament to confirm it. Given that UK MPs would continue to serve in their ...
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Did the British government have any option to not to get out of EU? [duplicate]

When asked to Theresa May about UK's exit from EU, she told the media that she wanted to reflect the people's decision. Did the British government have any option to not to get out of EU even after ...
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Donald Trump on the Irish border?

It's well known that Donald Trump is an advocate of (a fairly hard) Brexit, along the lines of the UK taking back control of its borders (a topic that meshes well with Trump's domestic policy on ...
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What treaties or (written) agreements would a hard border in Ireland breach, post-Brexit?

Would the hard border that would come up in a "no deal" Brexit (between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland) be violating any binding agreements that the UK has signed? (And the same goes for ...
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When can a UK referendum result be officially declared “invalid”?

There has been new allegations of "breaching of rules" by some pro-Brexit groups in the Brexit referendum. This new allegations join previous ones that electoral laws have been broken (also here). ...
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UK Chequers and Facilitated Customs Arrangement

The statement released by the UK Government from Chequers on July 6th 2018 said that a “facilitated customs arrangement” would be implemented to enable tariffs to diverge between the UK and the EU. ...
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UK Chequers Statement and Trade Deals

The statement released on 6th July 2018 by the UK Government from Chequers stated that the intention was to maintain a common rulebook for all goods and agri-food. Will this enable the UK to allow ...
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What do the Brexiters want when they talk about striking new trade deals [duplicate]

The EU strikes trade deals with countries all over the world on behalf of its 28 members. The Brexiters in the UK talk about the freedom to strike trade deals once the UK leaves the EU. But what do ...
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What did the hard-line Brexiters (who quit May's government) want?

The latest news is that (Foreign Secretary) Boris Johnson has followed in the footsteps of David Davis: He is the second senior cabinet minister to quit within hours following Brexit Secretary ...
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Why does the UK Labour Party support Brexit?

Sure the "remain" side in the EU referendum suffered a narrow defeat, but the Labour Party has lost in much bigger defeats and didn't abandon its policies, so that's not reason enough. Possibilities ...
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If Vote Leave overspent does that make the referendum invalid? [duplicate]

There are allegations that vote leave has been linked with additional funds from DUP (Northen Irish party). An example of this DUP (Northern Irish political party) vote leave advert on metro (popular ...
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Why doesn't Theresa May sack hard-Brexiteers from cabinet?

Theresa May's cabinet is highly divided between soft-Brexiteers and hard-Brexiteers. She clearly belongs to the former (she was actually against Brexit before the referendum), whereas people like ...
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Restrictions on reform to the common agricultural policy by the UK post-Brexit

The EU Common Agricultural Policy has come in for a lot of criticism over the years, and one effect of Brexit is to give the UK government the opportunity to reform the UK system after it leaves the ...
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Is there a date (before 29 Mar 2019) when a hard Brexit is inevitable?

Obviously, if there is no agreement between the UK and the EU on 29 Mar 2019 then a no deal Brexit will occur. It is my understanding that any agreement (or article 50 withdrawal) that is negotiated ...
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What is the Brexit dividend?

So, there's been some disagreement recently on a proposed increase in funding for the British National Health Service. The government has declared that this money would come from a "Brexit dividend" ...
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Brexit deal 'Meaningful vote' battle between House of Lords and House of Commons

The BBC are reporting that the House of Commons and the House of Lords are fighting over whether or not the former should have a meaningful vote if the government fails to make a deal with the EU ...
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What is the UK government hoping to gain by the continued prevarication on brexit negotiations?

Following yesterday's votes on Brexit negotiations in parliament, it seems that the British government has signed up - in principle - to further backstops against a "hard" Brexit in order to appease ...
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Where will EU money go? [closed]

There is no doubt that money from the UK goes to the EU regardless of how much it receives in return. Now that the UK will leave the EU, what will the money that the UK regularly gives to the EU be ...
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Is the Brexit implementation period predicated on a deal with the EU?

I presume the term “Brexit implementation period” means implementation of the negotiated deal with the EU. Does this mean the “implementation period” is predicated on a deal with the EU? If so, what ...
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What happens if it is proved that “vote leave” campaign broke campaigning laws?

This Guardian article argues about connections between Cambridge Analytica and Brexit referendum. There is a paragraph that tells us about some restrictions related to how information and money can ...
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What are the differences between the Single Market and the Customs Union?

If the UK leaves the Single Market but stays in the Customs Union, what will be the difference, if any, to what we have now?
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Are there any polls on how the Civil Service feels about Brexit?

There have been some pro-Brexit politicians that claim the Civil Service is against Brexit: Civil servants will "do their best to frustrate" Brexit, Lord Lawson has said in an interview with BBC ...
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Is Sir John Major correct in stating that individuals cannot be allowed to decide critical issues like Brexit? [closed]

Sir John said recently that the MPs must make the final decision on Brexit because the voter is not informed enough to make such critical decisions. Are there such cases in which only our ...
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Why is it impossible to leave the Single Market without a hard Irish border?

I see a repeated assumption that puzzles me. From another well asked and answered question: On one hand it is impossible for the UK to leave the Single Market while maintaining an open border with ...
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Could the EU rewrite Article 50 in an attempt to make it more difficult for the UK to Brexit?

The scenario I am about to offer is very particular. Suppose that the UK is running out of time before Brexit Day and doesn't have a deal signed with the EU - or an extension of time from the EU with ...
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Brexit as result of concerns over Islam

I was curious about surveys that examine reasons for the Brexit and what different factors determined individual votes. In specific, was rising Islam in Europe one of the factors without which the ...
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British tax havens and the EU post Brexit

As far as I understand, the Channel Islands are more or less the personal property of the British Royal House, and are member of EU's common market by proxy of UK's EU membership, as the Channel ...
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Has David Davis accepted that we must have straight bananas? [closed]

David Davis [Minister for Leaving the EU] said the UK wanted to lead a "global race to the top" in rights and standards not, as some feared, a "competitive race to the bottom". (Tonight's BBC News) ...
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What method can be used to estimate the likelihood of a civil war?

I've noticed increasing talk of civil war in the UK since the referendum: "Brexit tensions could lead to 'blood on the streets' as part of 'CIVIL WAR', warns peer" — https://www.express.co.uk/news/...
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Is there a good breakdown by ethnicity (white British, etc.) of how people voted in the Brexit referendum, both in Britain as a whole and in London?

In another question I asked for an estimate of how British citizens voted in the Brexit referendum, considered separately from the approximately 2% of voters (around 1 million people) who were not ...
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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 ...