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Why is there so little support for joining EFTA in the British parliament?

What are disadvantages of joining European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and negotiating deals similar to the ones between the EU and Switzerland? It would eliminate the need for a hard border in ...
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Is there a timeline of what type of a Brexit deal each party found acceptable over time?

In the immediate aftermath of Brexit there has been a lot of posturing with numerous UK politicians demanding that the UK either gets a tailormade deal or quits outright without a deal, instead ...
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Can a no-deal Brexit happen before the new extension end date of 31 October 2019?

Under what circumstances can the new Brexit extension (31 Oct) be ended short of that date? The EU has said that: If the withdrawal agreement is ratified by both parties before this date, the ...
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Does Parliament need to approve the new Brexit delay to 31 October 2019?

Does the UK Parliament have to approve the new Brexit extension till 31-Oct-2019? If Parliament does not approve it, or does not do so before 11 pm, would that result in a no-deal Brexit tonight? I ...
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Shouldn't there be a significant time delay between Brexit being finalised and the date of departure?

I am curious as to why there doesn't seem to be a significant period of time for people to prepare for Brexit. That's to say, if there are to be significant changes in the law, shouldn't there be at ...
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Why don't hard Brexiteers insist on a hard border to prevent illegal immigration after Brexit?

This is a follow-up to this question about what hard Brexiteers want with respect to the Irish border. It appears that hard Brexiteers are mostly happy to leave this question for the DUP and Ireland ...
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What do hard-Brexiteers want with respect to the Irish border?

Hard-Brexiteers would like the UK to have a "clean break" with the EU, and in particular they don't want any part of the UK to stay even temporarily in the customs union (the so-called backstop). ...
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What is the maximum sanction that can be placed on a UK government or PM for acting illegally

In recent weeks we have seen the Cooper bill designed to prevent a no-deal Brexit. MPs pass Bill designed to avoid no-deal Brexit My question is a hypothetical about constitutional law; if the PM ...
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Should the British be getting ready for a no-deal Brexit? [closed]

As an American, I have been watching the Brexit proceedings with some confusion. To all appearances, British politicians do not want to compromise, and the European leaders do not want to compromise. ...
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What's the difference between repeating elections every few years and repeating a referendum after a few years?

There's a lot of talk in the UK these days about how holding a second referendum on Brexit would be "undemocratic" and "go against the spirit of referendums". However repeating a vote doesn't seem all ...
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What are the disadvantages of a WTO Brexit(Clean Break)? [closed]

So I just listened to Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, say now in Dublin that "if the UK were to leave the EU without a deal, let me be very, very clear. We would not discuss anything ...
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Is repealing the EU Withdrawal Act a precondition of revoking Article 50?

If Brexit were to be cancelled, at some point the EU Withdrawal Act (2018) would need to be repealed. Would such a repeal be a precondition of any notification to revoke the UK's Article 50 notice? ...
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Why do UK politicians seemingly ignore opinion polls on Brexit?

Looking at the Brexit opinion polls it seems that the public is consistently in favor of staying in the EU ever since July 2017, with the gap between 'leave' and 'remain' slowly widening over time. So ...
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What Brexit solution does the DUP want?

In the context of the debate after May's deal was voted down, I've seen a fair amount of reporting on what the DUP doesn't want, but I haven't been able to find anything much on what they do want, ...
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Is EU Single Market membership part of the backstop?

Is EU Single Market membership part of the backstop in the Withdrawal Agreement?
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What's Hans-Olaf Henkel's position on the EU?

In a speech that was vociferously interrupted, MEP Hans-Olaf Henkel accused Juncker of being the "[Commission] president who lost Britain" and said that Junker's pinning of the blame on Cameron was "...
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Do any Labour MPs support no-deal?

This week Theresa May has reached across one parliamentary divide to ask the Labour Party to work with her to pass a Brexit deal. This necessity has been reached because the PM is unable to reach ...
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What is a “confirmatory” referendum in the context of Brexit?

The topic of a second referendum on Brexit has been discussed since the time of the first referendum. However, recently, there is a lot of talk in UK politics about a "confirmatory" referendum. For ...
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Has the BBC provided arguments for saying Brexit being cancelled is unlikely?

I have been following Brexit on the BBC website, for example, this article. They have consistently said it's unlikely that Brexit will be cancelled (at times I think they said "very unlikely"), but ...
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Why does the EU insist on the backstop when it is clear in a no deal scenario they still intend to keep an open border?

The controversial backstop is seen by the hard-line Brexiteers as a trap by the EU to keep Northern Ireland permanently in a customs union without an option to get out if the UK wanted. In a no deal ...
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Which UK politicians claimed that German car makers would ensure a good Brexit deal for the UK?

Before the 2016 referendum I recall a number of claims that the German car makers would make Angela Merkel (somehow) make the rest of Europe give the UK a good deal. I know Nigel Farage made this ...
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Can Theresa May easily circumvent the Yvette Cooper bill?

From the UK House of Commons media feed (regarding a bill that would force the Prime Minister to request a further extension to the Brexit date from the EU): MPs will now consider amendments to the ...
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If the opposition wins a No Confidence vote in the week of April 8, 2019, could they stop No Deal?

No Deal Brexit is currently on schedule for April 12, 2019. Meanwhile, the news reports this week (April 3, 2019) that various Conservatives are considering voting with the opposition in a No ...
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In the UK, is it possible to get a referendum by a court decision?

After the UK asks for another extension or even leave the EU, is it possible for a person/organisation/group of people to go to court and argue that the difference in polls on the 2016 referendum was ...
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Direct Implications Between USA and UK in Event of No-Deal Brexit

It is heavily discussed what sort of impacts could be expected in the United Kingdom and European Union in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Less noted are any impacts this could have on the United ...
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Advantages of Norway plus Brexit deal (aka Common Market 2.0)?

In seems that the Norway plus proposal for Brexit is back, now called Common Market 2.0. To me, this appears to be a typical example of a bad compromise: Compared to remain, the main difference seems ...
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Are British MPs missing the point, with these 'Indicative Votes'?

Today, MPs in the House of Commons are debating and will be voting on a series of 'Indicative Votes' (similar to the ones they voted on last week). Among these are debates about possible softer ...
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What's Common Market 2.0 / Norway Plus?

The UK's Labor Party announced about an hour ago that it would get behind the Common Market 2.0 / Norway Plus option that should (will?) get voted on later this evening as part of the Commons' ...
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Did Michel Barnier and Leo Varadkar say that “no deal”, there won't be a hard border between the Irelands?

My understanding has always been that under a no-deal scenario, a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland would become necessary. After all, the EU must guarantee that any ...
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Is there a law that makes a higher than 50% result on referendum binding?

As lots of reports/polls, one here talking about a shift in the general opinion on Brexit, where currently it is speculated that the public are Anti-Brexit, I find it bizarre that the UK decided to ...
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How could May pull off a 4th vote on her Brexit deal?

News outfits would have it that Theresa May still wants to hold on to her Brexit proposal. See for instance this Guardian article from today: Theresa May hopes to bring her Brexit deal back to ...
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Is French Guiana a (hard) EU border?

In the context of Brexit, there has been much discussion that the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland would mark the boundary of the EU. This has had large ramifications due to the length and ...
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Why doesn't UK go for the same deal Japan has with EU to resolve Brexit?

Is seems that one of the problems of finding a solution acceptable for both UK and EU was that no other non-EU country has the kind of relation with EU that UK seeks. But Japan has a reasonably ...
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Is the 'Festival of Great Britain and Northern Ireland' related to Brexit?

In October of 2018, the UK government announced the Festival of Great Britain and Northern Ireland which it calls A major nationwide festival showcasing the UK’s unique strengths in creativity and ...
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What would happen if the UK parliment voted through the deal, but blocked the declaration?

Follow on from: Why does the UK parliament need a vote on the political declaration? What would happen if the UK parliament voted to pass the deal, but voted against the political declaration? What ...
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Why does the UK parliament need a vote on the political declaration?

As reported in the bbc article available here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-47742395 The UK government has split the 'deal' into the actual agreement and the non-legally binding political ...
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If/When UK leaves the EU, can a future goverment conduct a referendum to join the EU?

I wonder if after the current debate, the UK ends up leaving the EU on any terms, how soon can a future government conduct a referendum to join the EU?
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Could the UK have simply left on the 29th March given that it was encoded in the Withdrawal Act?

Could the UK have simply left, legally, the EU on the 29th March given that leaving on that date was encoded in the Withdrawal Act?
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How does the Letwin Amendment work technically?

On 25 March 2019, the UK House of Commons passed the Letwin Amendment, which stated, in part: ... Standing Order No. 14(1) (which provides that government business shall have precedence at ...
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In the Caroline Spelman amendment - what happened?

As I understand it, on the 14th March 2019 an amendment (to a motion?) was voted on to take no deal off the table. That amendment passed, thereby meaning that the motion “became the amendment” (?), ...
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What is the difference between Theresa May's Withdrawal Agreement and its associated Political Declaration?

In this Guardian article, it discusses that Theresa May has considered severing the Brexit withdrawal agreement from the forward-looking political declaration What is the "forward-looking ...
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Does the Brexit deal have to be agreed by both Houses?

Does the "divorce deal" have to be agreed by both the Commons and the Lords? If it does and the Lords reject it, what happens then?
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Can the Queen still cancel Brexit?

This answer from 2017 on whether the Queen could have stopped Brexit states (emphasis mine): Furthermore, the executive power of the British government to make and withdraw from international ...
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What Brexit proposals are on the table in the indicative votes on the 27th of March 2019?

On the 27th of March, the UK parliament has taken control of its own agenda in an attempt to break the so-called Brexit deadlock. How many proposals are there and what are they?
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Is it common to order cabinet members to abstain?

In the Financial Times website today Mark Odell 2 HOURS AGO Tory free vote confirmed The FT's Jim Pickard has confirmed that Theresa May will give her MPs a free vote on Wednesday evening as ...
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Why didn't Theresa May consult with Parliament before negotiating a deal with the EU?

The House of Commons will today vote on a series of indicative votes, in order to find out "the will of the house", and thus break the current deadlock with Brexit. These votes come after the deal ...
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How does the UK government determine the size of a mandate?

The Department for Exiting the EU has said in response to the petition to revoke Article 50 that : “17.4 million people then voted to leave the European Union, providing the biggest democratic ...
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What happens to EU trade deals with Brexit

If the UK leaves the EU, either with Theresa May's deal or with no deal, what happens to UK trade with countries that have trade deals with the EU? Does it immediately go back to WTO rules? Or has the ...
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EU directives during the transition period in May's Brexit deal

May's Brexit deal includes a transition period which may last for years. The Irish Times wrote the following on that: During the transition period a kind of standstill would be in place where ...
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Will Britain be exempt from Article 13 if Brexit passes?

As stated in the title, will Brexit be able to prevent Britain from being affected by Article 13? This question comes in light of Article 13 recently passing. For the purposes of this question, I am ...