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Questions tagged [brexit]

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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Will member state parliaments have the opportunity to ratify the UK/EU deal before exit day?

The European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill will be voted on by the UK Parliament before Exit Day (29th March 2019) to give Members of Parliament an opportunity to scrutinise the negotiated EU/UK ...
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Did the EU Referendum Act 2015 mandate “the leaflet”? [on hold]

Did the EU Referendum Act 2015 mandate the delivery of a leaflet to every household advocating the Government’s position?
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Why doesn't the UK hold a second Brexit referendum to clarify what the public wants from Brexit?

In following the ongoing Brexit drama I've seen claims that the first vote was unfair because it was only for yes/no and didn't say anything about what form an actual Brexit would take. This ...
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The Chequers Plan has been rebuffed by the EU, so why is it still “alive”?

The whitepaper on the future relationship with the EU (“Chequers”) was rebuffed by the EU shortly after its publication (IIUC) [1, 2, 3]. Given this, why is the UK Government sticking to this plan? [...
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The free-trade agreement offered by the EU to the UK

Is it fair to describe the FTA offered to the UK by the EU as a Canada-style agreement, but with the caveat of regulatory alignment in Northern Ireland?
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Top-level understanding of the Brexit process

The Brexit process has the following high-level elements: The European Union (Withdrawal) Act The European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill The outline for the aims of the negotiated future ...
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The thinking behind regulatory alignment for goods

Why is regulatory alignment in goods between the EU and the UK seen to be important? Goods trade forms 20% of the UK economy and goods cross regulatory boundaries every day. Indeed most (and growing ...
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Is it true to say that the Chequers proposal will preclude importing goods from outside the EU that do not meet EU standards?

IIUC, the Chequers agreement proposes that a post-Brexit UK continues with regulatory alignment for goods with the EU. Is it true to say that this means the UK will then be unable to permit the ...
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Mechanics of a second Brexit referendum

Some people advocate a simple n-way ballot like: Remain Deal No deal But this splits the leave vote. An alternative is to use Single Transferrable Vote, which in the case of a referendum would be ...
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Do nascent exit-movements currently exist within the EU?

The European Union has many great benefits, to cite but a few: Stability and peace through economic integration (actually, its original goal). The free movement of people, goods, capital, and ...
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What reasons do Brexiteers have for wanting to be part of TPP?

Many Brexiteers don't want to be part of an economic bloc run from Brussels. Instead, some want to be part of TPP, an economic bloc run from New Zealand. What reasons have those Brexiteers given for ...
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Does unilateral free trade (no trade barriers from anywhere) imply no standards?

Some people have proposed that after Brexit, the UK could adopt the "Singapore model" with unilateral free trade, and have no tariffs or non-tariff trade barriers from anywhere. For example, see The ...
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Theresa May described that the EU wants a backstop to the backstop - what does this mean?

In her statement to Parliament, Theresa May stated that the EU wanted a backstop to the backstop. If I understand correctly, the backstop is a fallback position for customs and regulatory ...
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No-deal Brexit and Irish border; can third countries transit through ROI?

In case the United Kingdom (UK) leaves the European Union (EU) without any deal, World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules would apply for trade between the UK and any other country or trade bloc. Some ...
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Why can't Northern Ireland just have a stay/leave referendum?

In following the ongoing Brexit drama, I notice that the Northern Ireland border represents an important sticking point. In particular, both sides agree that there must not be a hard border. Not being ...
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What issue does the EU take with the UK's Chequers proposal?

It's said that the UK's Chequers proposal is "dead in the water". Different questions here have dealt with UK politicians supporting or opposing the proposal, but I'm interested in the EU's ...
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What's the point in holding a second Brexit referendum?

Closely related to: What would be the subject of a second Brexit Referendum? Currently, there is discussion about a possible second referendum fueled by Labour, and there seems to be the publicly ...
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What would be the subject of a second Brexit Referendum?

At the moment (Sept. 2018) there's a discussion in the UK whether there should be a "second referendum" on Brexit. In the media there's already a discussion how people would vote. But upon what would ...
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Could the UK “take Ireland hostage?”

Consider the following sequence of events: In March, the UK fails to reach an agreement with the EU and exits with no deal. The UK leaves the British side of the Irish border open, to comply with the ...
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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 ...