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Did the ERG leadership comment on the deal agreed by Johnson with the EU?

I think most other significant parties (Labour, SNP, LibDems, DUP) have taken a stance on the Johnson-EU deal, rejecting it. Of note however is that 18 Labor MPs have vowed to defect (i.e. support ...
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Why did the EU agree with a Stormont vote when the Assembly might not even meet?

The breaking news seems to be that Boris Johnson has struck a new deal with the EU. But the DUP is not on board. One interesting aspect is that Northern Ireland representatives will be able to ...
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Why is there a strong link between education and voting Remain?

The more highly educated you are, the more you are likely to have voted for remain rather than leave, in the EU referrendum. Why is this the case? From YouGov: 70% of voters whose educational ...
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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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Are Leave Labour voters still an actual thing?

Leave Labour voters have been brought up in political chatter since the Brexit vote. They continue to be if today's Guardian Politics Weekly podcast is anything to go by. But are they an actual thing ...
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Could another member of UK Parliament request an extension or even negotiate Brexit? [duplicate]

Apparently John Bercow (House of Commons speaker) has been directly talking with David Sassoli of the EU Parliament John Bercow has sparked outrage after it has emerged the meddling Speaker of the ...
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Does any politician - honestly - want a No Deal Brexit? [closed]

As a German, it seems to me that No Deal Brexit without preparations would hurt so much that it makes no sense to prefer it. That is so clear that it should be the case for any conceivable expectation ...
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Could the Prime Minister resign on 19th October in order not to ask for an extension to Article 50? [duplicate]

The European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 2) Act 2019 states that the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom must request a Brexit delay no later than 19th October 2019 if certain conditions are not met. If ...
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Was the Franchise for the EU Referendums in 1975 and 2016 the same?

The details of those allowed to vote in the two EU membership referendums seems slightly different from my reading. 1975 Franchise The right to vote in the referendum was given to those who were ...
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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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Has any other act of parliament compelled the Government or PM to take action like the Benn Act does?

The 'Benn Act' compels the Prime Minister to take certain actions by certain dates and times. Has any previous legislation (passed, or otherwise) compelled the government to take action like this? ...
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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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Has Boris Johnson's government explained why its latest Brexit proposal does not include a referendum for Northern Ireland leaving the single market?

The "final offer" that Boris Johnson has made to the EU includes a provision that the single-market (for goods) arrangement for Northern Ireland needs to be explicitly approved and then extended by ...
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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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Can the UK vote against a Brexit extension? [duplicate]

There is a situation now where the British PM may be forced by the U.K. parliament against his will to ask for a Brexit extension past October. I know all the EU countries have to agree to allow an ...
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Was Leo Varadkar correct that polls have indicated a UK desire to remain in the EU?

The BBC shows several UK papers with front page headlines that the Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister) has said that polls in the United Kingdom have indicated a majority of those recently surveyed ...
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Parliament Cannot Bind Future Parliaments

The recent act passed in by the UK Parliament EU Withdrawal No.2 Act, that forces the Prime Minister to seek an extension if no deal is agreed or parliament does not agree to no deal, is said by the ...
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UK PM is taking his proposal to EU but has not proposed to his own parliament - can he legally bypass the UK parliament?

According to latest Brexit news, UK is offering a 'compromise' to EU. An article on Bloomberg quotes the British PM as saying “I hope very much that our friends understand that and compromise in ...
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Customs checks and Brexit

The UK Government has recently been reiterating that customs checks will not be located at or near the North/South Irish border. But the Withdrawal Agreement treaty (Article 184) commits the UK to ...
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Is a no-deal Brexit illegal, and therefore invalid?

From what I understand, article 50 of the Lisbon treaty requires any state leaving to do so according to their domestic law. It seems to be well understood that any form of hard border in Ireland is ...
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What parts of EU law impose that the EU cannot consider an extension/delay request not coming from the PM?

A recent article quotes Boris Johnson as saying "The EU is obliged by EU law only to negotiate with member state governments, they cannot negotiate with Parliament, and this government will not ...
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Do all EU treaties cease to apply on exit day if no agreement is reached?

Article 50 TEU says: The Treaties shall cease to apply to the State in question from the date of entry into force of the withdrawal agreement or, failing that, two years after the notification ...
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Would this use of *nobile officium* be a separation of powers violation?

I've mentioned here and here that certain Brexit-pursuing actions as Prime Minister, by Theresa May and Boris Johnson, raised separation of powers concerns quite separate from the policy question of ...
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What would the EU’s position be with respect to a United Ireland?

During the Scottish referendum of 2013, it was made clear that the United Kingdom is a member of the European Union and any part of the UK seceding from it would be treated as a 3rd country, and would ...
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How many members of the Privy Council are there, and how many are required to form a quorum?

Former Prime Minister John Major has suggested that the government could obtain an "Order of Council" postponing the Benn Act until after 31 October. He indicates that this would not require the ...
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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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Why was Labour able to decide its 2019 Brexit policy (re: composite 13) without a counted vote?

In most organizations that hold votes, any controversial or close vote is counted precisely, and only the non-controversial or landslide votes are allowed to be handled by a show of hands or ayes-and-...
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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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What happens if the Prime Minister breaks the Benn Act law?

The Benn Act (European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 2) Act 2019) makes it a legal requirement for the PM to ask for an extension from the EU if no Withdrawal Agreement is ratified. If the PM simply ...
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Was the ruling that prorogation was unlawful only possible because of the creation of a separate supreme court?

So the UK supreme court has just ruled the prorogation of parliament to be unlawful. This court has only existed since 2009, taking on the role as the court of final appeal from the House of Lords. ...
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To what degree did the Supreme Court limit Boris Johnson's ability to prorogue?

From the UK Supreme Court's summary of today's hearing on prorogation of Parliament: The next and final question, therefore, is what the legal effect of that finding is and therefore what remedies ...
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Is there any reason why the Speaker could not be appointed as “caretaker” Prime Minister?

There is a clear majority in the House of Commons in favour of extending Article 50. However were the House to impose a vote of no confidence in the present Prime Minister there is no agreement ...
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What should you tell to your german Teacher about Brexit in the political subject? [duplicate]

I'm in grade 10 of German School right now and we have a new subject at school named 'Sozialkunde' (also 'Politik und Gesellschaft'), and yet I've never been reading newspapers like for real. I don't ...
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What will happen to British seats in EU parliament/ EU council if Brexit gets cancelled?

With all this Brexit craziness going on, a no-Brexit scenario (withdrawal of article 50) sometimes pops up as a possibility. In may we had European elections to elect the European Parliament. The ...
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If the EU does not offer an extension to UK's Article 50 invocation, is the Benn Bill irrelevant?

My understanding of the Benn Bill is that it only compels the PM to request an extension and what must be done if an extension is granted. If an extension isn't granted, is it true that neither the ...
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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 Norther Irish border, which is very difficult indeed to solve. Idea: draw a new border that splits ...
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Why has the UK has not yet signed a continuity trade agreement with Turkey?

From UNCTAD, as of 3 Sep 2019: Among the countries which currently grant preferences to the EU but for which the UK has not yet reached an agreement to grant continued preferential market access, ...
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Can Brexit be undone in an emergency?

In case Brexit has already happened, can it be reversed after a short time? Legally, the answer is no, I think. But I can imagine a situation where, during the first few days after Brexit, all ...
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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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Have any UK parties suggested uniting to neutralize the Brexit party by preventing a GE before 2022?

Nigel Farage and the Brexit party are extremely unpopular amongst all the other political parties in Parliament. The Conservative party has just rejected Farage's recent overture concerning a general ...
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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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Are there international legal underpinnings to the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018?

The European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 encodes the mechanism for UK withdrawal from the EU. But given that it required agreement from the EU (did it), does it also have a treaty component, or ...
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What was redacted in the Yellowhammer report? (Point 15)

The UK government has released a redacted copy of the Yellowhammer report. Leaving aside the legality of it being redacted (Parliament requested full disclosure), are there any indications of what ...
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Is there any indication that the now released 'Operation Yellowhammer' merely a summary?

There has been a lot of talk about 'Operation Yellowhammer'. In January of this year, little was known about it. pjc50 wrote in an answer dated January 2019: (Personally I think it's more likely ...
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What explanation do proponents of a Scotland-NI bridge give for it breaking Brexit impasse?

According to Channel 4: The DUP, the party supporting the Conservatives in Parliament, believes a bridge [between Scotland and Northern Ireland] could break the Brexit impasse by removing the need ...
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Why is it presumed that the EU won't grant an extension even if Johnson doesn't personally ask for it?

There's a lot of brouhaha at the moment about whether or not Johnson would ask for an extension, including speculation on whether or not he will go to jail over his refusal to do so. But why is it ...
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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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Can Boris Johnson request a Brexit extension to November 1st?

The UK Parliament has passed a law mandating that the Prime Minister (currently Boris Johnson) must request an extension to the Brexit deadline by October 19th, unless a 'no-deal Brexit' has been ...
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How likely would it be that the current UK PM could face jail time by refusing to request an extension to article 50 [closed]

Given how adamant the current Prime Minister of the UK is that he will not ask the EU for another extension under any circumstances and that it is now enshrined in law that the PM must seek an ...
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Can the UK veto its own extension request?

Every member of the EU has to agree any extension to article 50. Does this mean the UK PM could (technically) use his vote in the European Council to veto his own request for an extension?