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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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Has the Brexit Party stated whether or not it will keep its name?

Has the Brexit Party made any statement on its name as a movement, when Brexit is finally resolved? It would be expected after several years that 'Brexit' will have lost meaning. I can't think of ...
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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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Can Boris Johnson invoke the Civil Contingencies Act to suspend the Benn law?

The Economist lists that among the possibilities of what Johnson might do to avoid asking the EU for an extension past Oct 31: He might invoke an emergency under the Civil Contingencies Act, to ...
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IRA's approach to Brexit

It is commonly known that nowadays IRA (Irish Republican Army) doesn't pose a big threat for British Government and ceased all hostilities after Good Friday Agreement. What is the IRA official ...
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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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Can Northern Ireland's border issue be solved by repartition?

In following the ongoing Brexit drama, it seems everything is resolved except the question of the Northern Irish border, which is very difficult indeed to solve. Idea: draw a new border that splits ...
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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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How did the Asians vote in the “double digit” Asian-minority areas in the Brexit referendum?

I found two competing narratives on the Asian minorities vote in the Brexit referendum. The simple overall picture: Two thirds (67%) of those describing themselves as Asian voted to remain And ...
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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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If the UK government doesn't ask for article 50 extension, can parliament do it instead?

The Guardian reported under the headline "Brexit: Gove refuses to rule out ignoring any law passed to stop no deal": Michael Gove has repeatedly refused to rule out the possibility that the ...
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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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Impact of Boris Johnson's Irish Backstop on CTA travel

Under Boris Johnson's version of the post-Brexit Irish backstop, Northern Ireland follows EU rules for goods, and also pays EU Customs duties upfront as a 'deposit' which is later refunded if those ...
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Brexit, EU tax evasion regulation, and the City of London

Articles (such as this one published by Foreign Policy and this one by BBC) and documentaries (such as 2017 film "The Spider's Web" described here) detail the history and extent of Britain’s "Empire ...
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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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What are the benefits of joining CPTPP over conducting FTAs with the individual members?

On June 17th, the UK Government formally announced its intention to pursue membership of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), following repeated ...
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Is Biden more apt to press for harder terms and/or the renegotiation of the post-Brexit UK–US trade deal if he wins the Presidency?

I was listening to LBC earlier when I noted both this question and the statement on air regarding Brexit policies and Trump. In essence, Trump has clearly come out as a pro-Brexit person and promised '...
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Brexit Vote - could some of the Motivating Factors have been prevented? [closed]

One of the factors which led to the Brexit Vote was 'EU Free Movement', where voters perceived that unlimited numbers of Mainland Europeans could come to the UK to work. So why were UK Citizens not ...
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What mechanisms are available to seek compensation from the UK in relation to Brexit-related disputes?

France (and possibly other EU members) are threatening to take legal action against the UK if their fishermen are significantly disadvantaged after Brexit, including under 'No-deal'. French ...
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What is preventing the UK and the EU from progressing in the talks on post-Brexit trade?

Speaking on June 5th 2020, at the end of the fourth round of talks on post-Brexit trade, EU Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier said: Ladies and Gentlemen, to be clear, our lack of progress in this ...
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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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Could the UK “hold Ireland hostage” by leveraging the GFA to require an open NI border after a no-deal Brexit?

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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Why is the UK still pressing on with Brexit?

Before Monday I have always taken an impartial stance when ingesting information produced by clearly pro-Leave and pro-Remain groups, to analyze the information and take time to cross-reference it ...
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What does the British parliament hope to achieve by requesting a third Brexit extension?

It appears that the UK will indeed ask for another extension in the Brexit process, as mandated by the Benn act. But what is the purpose of asking for another extension? Does Parliament expect the EU ...
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What did Dominic Raab mean when he talked about Section 13 of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill?

Dominic Raab tried to row back from his voting for the Withdrawal Agreement Bill by citing “Section 13” of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill. The implication seemed to be that voting for the WA on the ...
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What are the UK Government's arguments against extending the Brexit transition period?

According to an article published today (April 22nd), as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, several top members of the civil service are appealing to the UK Government to extend the current Brexit ...
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When the UK parliament passed the 2016 EU referendum, did MPs support a 50% threshold?

Quoth AC Grayling, writing in The New European in October: This is a key matter. If the 2015 Bill been expressly offered as binding Parliament and Government to the referendum outcome, there would ...
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What constitutes a bad deal for Brexit?

Theresa May has clearly stated that she would prefer a no deal with the EU on Brexit over a bad deal for Britain: And while I am confident that this scenario need never arise – while I am sure a ...
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Why is a “hard border” between Ireland and Northern Ireland such a problem for EU/UK negotiations around brexit?

I have read a lot about this and the answer to my question seems to be that one is afraid that a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland will lead to a restart of "The Troubles" and violence ...
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On what basis is Theresa May triggering Article 50 (Brexit) if the Supreme Court said she couldn't?

Just today (March 21st 2017), the news came out around the web that Theresa May will trigger Article 50 (Brexit) on March 29th: The UK will begin official divorce proceedings with the European ...
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Why doesn't the UK want to be part of the European Convention on Human Rights?

As per recent news coming from the negotiation for a deal between the UK and the EU, Michel Barnier said: Yet the UK informs us that they do not wish to commit formally to continuing to apply the ...
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Why is the UK withdrawing from the European Arrest Warrant?

On Feb 27th, in a document setting out its approach to negotiations with the EU, the UK government announced its intention to withdraw from the European Arrest Warrant. (Pg. 27) Is the UK obligated ...
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How many seats did the anti-hard Brexit parties lose in the 2019 general elections due to the spoiler effect?

Are there any calculations available that evaluate the following scenarios? How would the elections end up under a proportional voting system? or How many seats did the spoiler effect (the ...
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Post-Brexit UK-EU trading relationship: Why (not) Canada?

While the UK seems to pushing for an FTA with the EU similar to the one between the EU and Canada (or Japan or South Korea), the EU seems to have said no to this immediately on the grounds of ...
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What difference did the Brexit Party's decision to stand down in Conservative seats make to the result of the 2019 General Election?

On the 11th of November - a month before the general election - the leader of the Brexit Party, Nigel Farage, announced that the party would not field candidates in seats that had been won in the ...
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Why does Brexit threaten the Good Friday Agreement from 1998?

Since the British referendum to leave the EU I often hear that Brexit threatens the Good Friday Agreement. As far as I know the Good Friday Agreement pretty much ended violent conflict in Northern ...
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What is Article 288 in the context of Brexit?

British parliamentarian Sir Bill Cash MP writes: We now move on to the next stage of negotiations. Let it be crystal clear that, unlike under the previous administration, Boris Johnson’s ...
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When exactly did Brexit happen?

It's the day of Brexit and surely there are mixed feelings. But there's also mixed information when looking at countdowns about when it's going to happen exactly. This YouTube livestream counted down ...
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Why did the UK not trade more with countries outside the EU?

The UK is leaving the EU in the process called Brexit. For companies in the UK, the interaction with customers in the EU will become more difficult for the customer. I suspect that it also becomes ...
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How has the Brexit process affected eurosceptic movements in other European countries?

The rocky and unpredictable state of the Brexit negotiations over the past three and a half years seems to have had an effect on the level of support for the EU, with 68% of respondents across the ...
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Can the Scottish Parliament pass a law to stop labeling anything in imperial?

As expected, The PM has responded with 'No' to a second Scotland referendum. I was wondering what Scotland can do to 'protest' that and as per a discussion on my previous question (What can Scotland ...
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What are the Brexit steps for 2020 and beyond?

As I understand it, Brexit and the start of the transition period on January 31st, 2020, still require the approval of the UK Parliament. This is generally assumed to be certain, given Johnson's ...
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Brexit deal and the EU national governments

Once the Brexit deal has finished going through the UK parliament, does it still have to be ratified by the national government of each EU member or has it already got past that stage?
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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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Liberal Democrats (UK) on exiting the EU: 2008 vs. 2019

In the late 2000s, the Liberal Democratic party wanted a referendum on whether or not the UK should stay in the EU. A decade later, they did not merely want a second referendum, but they wanted to ...
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A tale of two referenda: 1975 and 2016

In 1975, the Labour Party was famously split over the question of remaining in the EEC. While the party took no official position, those on the left of the party such as Michael Foot and Tony Benn ...

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