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Could the Queen have stopped Brexit?

If Her Majesty so desired, would she have been allowed to overrule the will of both the people and the House of Commons and prevent the triggering of Article 50? If so, what political backlash would ...
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Does the pre-election UK government have the authority to start Brexit talks before a new government is formed?

Given that: Brexit negotiations are due to start tomorrow (19 June 2017), The deal with the DUP, to give the Conservatives the majority they want, apparently hasn't yet been finalised, At least not ...
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Why is immigration control considered to be the first Brexit priority?

When the Brexit campaign launched, some of the key points were: Control of the borders and net migration Getting rid of the EU red tape Save money spent on EU membership and fund NHS instead Help the ...
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No deal Brexit : How is it going to help UK to create new trade deals?

There is a lot of optimism that leaving EU's Single Market, will be an opportunity for UK to create new trade deals with other countries outside the EU. I have seen articles and people using this ...
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Are future UK parliaments (i.e. election this week) bound by decisions of previous parliaments regarding the Brexit vote (among other things)? [duplicate]

For example, after this week's election, could parliament say "Hey, the referendum and subsequent parliamentary vote were relevant to a time in the past. It has nothing to do with us and we are not ...
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Brexit: Is a 'No deal' worse than a 'Bad Deal' for the UK, from a strictly economics based argument [closed]

Quite often in tabloids and newspapers like the DailyMail, you will see a sentiment expressed in the comments that we should just walk away from the EU without bill payment, since any deal they give ...
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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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Which parties would try to stop Brexit from happening after the “snap election”?

Yesterday, Prime Minister Theresa May announced that there would be a "Snap General Election", provided she gets backing of MPs, on 8th June. Last month, she formally triggered Article 50, and began ...
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Could Gibraltar remain in the EU?

Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory. It is under the jurisdiction and sovereignty of the UK. It is the only BOT with EU membership, which it holds as a dependent territory of the UK. This is ...
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Why is it so hard to compute the EU-UK divorce bill?

I have just seen on TV a few highlights from a heated debate on the divorce bill involved by Brexit. According to this source: European leaders have warned the UK that it will face a divorce bill ...
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What do the EU's demands from the U.K. include exactly now that the UK has invoked Article 50?

What does the EU demand from the U.K. exactly now that the UK has invoked Article 50?
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Brexit divorce bill breakdown

Articles like http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-39453338 claim that UK might have to pay to leave the EU a bill estimated to be as much as €60bn (£51bn; $64bn). What's the justification of the ...
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Does the National Assembly for Wales have to vote on the “Great Repeal Bill”?

We're aware by now that the Scottish Parliament will have to have its own vote on the "Great Repeal Bill" Given that the reason behind Scotland having to vote on this independently seems to be based ...
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What if Holyrood rejects its version of the Great Repeal Bill?

The United Kingdom has formally notified the European Union of its intention to leave the European Union. Next up is the Great Repeal Bill, which will essentially copy-paste EU law into UK law to ...
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Was Brexit always going to include a withdrawal from the European Atomic Energy Community

Today is officially Brexit. The Prime Minister, Theresa May, has submitted a letter to EU President Tusk to formally notify him of the action. Here is a snippet from that letter (emphasis mine): ...
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What is the rationale behind aiming for reduced immigration through Brexit?

One of the main reasons often cited for voting Brexit is to curb immigration. I have a few issues which I'd like to set out. Firstly, non EU immigration makes up approximately half of the total ...
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Why is the British government waiting until March 29th to officially Brexit?

A few days ago the Brexit bill received royal assent, the last official step required for a UK bill to become law. The UK has declared that they will officially invoke Article 50 on March 29th, 9 days ...
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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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Is it difficult for Scotland to become a member of the EU if they gain independence from the UK following Brexit

Britain is ready for Brexit (to quit the EU) and Scotland wants another independence referendum which the UK refused. Following Brexit, if Scotland gains independence from the UK, is it difficult for ...
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What happens if Parliament rejects the Brexit deal?

The House of Lords has now amended the Article 50 bill to require a Parliament vote on the final Brexit agreement. Assume for the sake of argument that: This provision survives to become law (...
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Would Theresa May's end of free-movement to European Migrants be against their Human Rights?

It has been written that Theresa May plans to end the free movement of European Migrants entering the UK permanently when Article 50 has been triggered. Because this date is before Britain leaves the ...
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What was the point of the House of Lords debating Article 50?

There was recently two days of debate in the House of Lords concerning the triggering of Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, stating the UK's intention to leave the European Union. The opening ...
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Brexit: leaving Customs Union and/or Single Market — what do these things really mean?

I recently got quite a long and detailed reply from my local MP, Rachael Maskell, who recently resigned as Shadow Environment Secretary due to her opposition to Brexit. The reply was to an email I ...
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Brexit vote passes through The Commons

Alec Salmond just said in the commons that because the Brexit bill has passed its second reading without amendments that there will be no report stage and this would be the fastest passage for a bill ...
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Common Travel Area (CTA) would conflict with Brexit?

I don't like politics but because Brexit is such a big issue for a migrant like me living in the UK (for more than half of my life) I have no choice but to learn and research about this topic. Let's ...
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What is the significance of holding a vote before UK Parliament to invoke Article 50 in comparison to Royal Prerogative?

In one of most important constitutional cases of modern times, the Supreme Court ruled by a majority of 8 to 3 that the prime minister cannot use royal prerogative to trigger Article 50 and start ...
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Will English be dropped as an official/working language of the EU after Brexit?

English is currently one of the 24 official languages of the European Union (EU), and one of the three “working” languages alongside French and German. Will the United Kingdom leaving the EU (Brexit) ...
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If a Brexit deal fails, is there a default fallback regarding movement of people?

The UK government has announced it will leave the EU Single Market. We have been told that unless the UK negotiates a specific trade deal with the EU, trade rules will automatically fall back to WTO ...
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What mechanisms exist to prevent “hard” Brexit?

I'm looking for legal and constitutional mechanisms that could prevent a hard Brexit, e.g. by keeping us in the Common Market. For example, could the Lords delay the triggering of Article 50 ...
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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 will be the process and timescale for this proposal on retention of EU citizenship by UK nationals to be considered?

I just spotted this interesting article about an amendment proposed by the Luxembourger MEP Charles Goerens to the EU Committee on Constitutional Affairs to allow individual Brits an opt-in to keep EU ...
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How many people were barred from participating in the 2016 EU referendum because they lived outside the UK?

In the UK's 2016 EU referendum, UK citizens that have lived outside of the UK for 15 years or more were not allowed to vote. The Guardian, April 2016 How many people were barred from participating ...
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Will the British Parliament prevent “Brexit”?

So today, the High Court ruled that the Parliament has to approve the British exit of the European Union. From what I see, this is their possibility to prevent Brexit and remain in the European Union -...
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Can the UK sabotage EU agreements prior to article 50

Looking at how Belgium prevented the EU from having a trade deal with Canada, suppose the next trade deal with the US is to be signed after article 50 was invoked- could the UK prevent such a deal ...
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Is there a good estimate of how British citizens (not non-British citizens) voted in the Brexit referendum?

The result in the Brexit referendum on whether Britain should leave the European Union or remain a member was 51.9% Leave, 48.1% Remain. Is there a good estimate of how British citizens voted? I mean ...
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Why UK, Canada, Australia and NZ would not want to build a free movement union like EU? [closed]

In modern world large economies have advantages (bargaining power, unified standards, and many more) and this is one of the main reasons why EU has been created. Now when Britain is leaving the EU ...
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Why has Article 50 of Brexit not been enabled yet?

The process of getting the UK out of the EU, would start immediately, but the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, announced that she would invoke Article 50 by the end of March 2017, meaning that the ...
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Could the British government un-trigger Article 50?

At some point, probably early in 2017, the British Prime Minster is likely to trigger Article 50. A number of expert commentators and a large proportion of the British public still believe that it is ...
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Who was on Brexit's side?

How remain failed: the inside story of a doomed campaign mentions that a lot of experts endorsed the economic arguments against Brexit: In reality, the pro-EU arguments were supported by an ...
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Protecting a democracy from an influential few

According to some opinions I have read, the recent referendum in the UK was won by a small number of men in politics and media, who immediately after the result disowned some of the major claims and ...
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Why is the EU wishing to punish the UK instead of listening their detractors and seeking dialogue? [closed]

The European Union has a certain number of flaws, many of which make citizens of member states unhappy. Normally in a democratic system, the majority tries to listen to the minority and do compromises....
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What would change as far as political alignments if Scotland and/or NI leave the UK?

It is my impression that Scotland and NI tend to be "more left" politically (i.e. more likely to lean Labour or other left-er parties vs. Tories). As such, all other things being equal (including ...
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What is the cause of the discrepancy between Scottish and English-Welsh results in the Brexit referendum?

In the United Kingdom European Union membership referendum, 2016, the results per constituent country were as follows: England: Remain 46.62%, Leave 53.38% Scotland: Remain 62.00%, Leave 38.00% Wales:...
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In the context of Brexit, what's referred to by calling for an Australian-style points system?

I've heard from the Remain camp that the Leave camp has called for introducing an Australian-style points system for immigration. I have a basic understanding of what a points-based system is - ...
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Is the February deal Cameron made with the EU already voided?

Is the February deal Cameron made with the EU already voided by the EU Referendum negative Vote? And if so, how did they implement such an mechanism in the contracts?
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Which EU laws are commonly claimed to be detrimental to the UK?

Among pro-Brexit voters there seems to be a belief that many of the EU laws are silly or otherwise bad for the UK. There is a partial list of myths surrounding bad EU legislation which covers some of ...
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Why do other countries in the EU care so strongly that the UK accepts free movement of people?

It is often reported in the press that the UK will not be able to arrange a new trade deal with the EU without accepting the free movement of labor. Why is this the case: What do other countries gain ...
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What are the UK's “constitutional requirements” for Article 50 notification of withdrawal from EU?

Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty says: Any Member State may decide to withdraw from the Union in accordance with its own constitutional requirements. What are the UK's constitutional ...
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Is joining the Schengen area a prerequisite for the UK to rejoin EFTA?

If the UK leaves the EU but wants to retain access to the European market, one way for that to happen would be via rejoining the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) (link). An application to rejoin ...
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Which are more numerous in the EU? Native English speakers or native French speakers?

Which one is more numerous in the EU (minus the UK)? native English speakers or native French speakers ? After Brexit, what will be the main language of the EU? Would it be one? Or more than one?