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Could Boris Johnson theoretically ignore any legislation passed to prevent no-deal brexit?

The UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has clearly set out his position in that he wishes to leave the EU on 31st October with or without a deal. I.e if further negotiations with the EU do not result ...
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Why can't UK MPs vote for the Withdrawal Agreement, then renege on the backstop if it comes to that?

In 64 days the UK will leave the EU without a transitional deal (Withdrawal Agreement). This will be a catastrophe for Ireland in that legally a physical border must then be built there. This would ...
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Could the UK amend the European Withdrawal Act and revoke the Article 50 invocation?

Much of the current posture of the UK Government is based on the default action enshrined in the European Withdrawal act, that at the end of the Article 50 period the UK leaves the European Union with ...
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According to UK government, Parliament cannot stop a no-deal Brexit: Could this also be used to push through the agreement agreed by Theresa May?

According to this recent news article titled "Boris Johnson to tell EU: UK Parliament cannot stop no-deal Brexit" Boris Johnson is to tell EU leaders this week that Brexit will happen on 31 ...
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Why is the UK so keen to remove the “backstop” when their leadership seems to think that no border will be needed in Northern Ireland?

The "backstop" is a part of the Brexit agreement that EU negotiated with British Prime Minister May. It is a fallback option to be enforced only if no solution is found for the border issue between ...
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Would the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland be interested in reuniting?

One of the major issues which the EU and UK will face in case of a no-deal Brexit is the question of the border between the Republic of Ireland (country in the EU) and Northern Ireland (part of the UK)...
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Brexit and backstop: would changes require unanimous approval by all EU countries? Does Ireland hold a veto?

A number of EU rules need to be agreed to unanimously: new members, treaties, taxation, IIRC. Ireland (the Republic, not NI) has repeatedly stated its concerns with the re-introduction of a hard ...
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What forced Theresa May to hold votes on the Withdrawal Agreement? [duplicate]

Theresa May famously lost three parliamentary votes on the EU Withdrawal Agreement. But why did she need to hold any votes at all? Was it not possible for her to simply sign the agreement given that ...
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What is the improvement of the “legally binding commitment” proposed by Boris Johnson over the existing “backstop”?

As explained in this article in The Guardian, Boris Johnson has written to the EU suggesting the backstop could be replaced by some form of commitment to prevent a hard Irish border in his ...
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Why is Boris Johnson visiting only Paris & Berlin if every member of the EU needs to agree on a withdrawal deal?

LONDON: Boris Johnson will tell Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron that there must be a new Brexit deal when he makes his first trip abroad as Prime Minister. Johnson will make clear to the French ...
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The actual purview of Her Majesty The Queen's prerogative?

In keeping up to date on Brexit, Dominic Cummings, Special Advisor to Boris Johnson - UK Prime Minister - has stated that, in the event that a motion of no confidence has passed the House of Commons, ...
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Why does the EU-Turkey customs union not violate the single market principle?

In the Brexit negotiations the EU has rejected the British wish of being part of the single market but without free movement of people. Such a partial free market could lead to unfair competition and ...
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Open Irish border and WTO's most favoured nation principle

In a recent question on Brexit, Kevin suggested the following solution allowing the UK to be out of the EU customs union while keeping the UK-Ireland border to a minimum: One could imagine Ireland ...
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What would the United Kingdom's “optimal” Brexit deal look like?

As far as I could tell, the Brexit issue boils down to three core points for the UK: The UK no longer has to follow any EU regulations. The border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland ...
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Why did so many MPs not vote in Meaningful Vote 3?

Nineteen MPs did not vote in Meaningful Vote 3 on the Withdrawal Agreement. Some of these I can explain, and have posted at the end of this question, but others I cannot currently explain. Why did ...
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What is the latest date a general election in the UK can prevent a no-deal Brexit

Under the assumption that Boris Johnson becomes PM and intends to carry out a no-deal Brexit on the 31st of October, Dominic Grieve has said a number of MPs would be willing to bring down the ...
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What does this Boris Johnson article mean? How we can interpret it? [closed]

Recently, Boris Johnson wrote an article in response to Putin's speech about liberalism: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2019/06/30/will-prove-vladimir-putin-wrong-leaving-eu-october-31/ There ...
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What happens if a country does not abide by WTO rules?

I've read a few articles lately about Brexit (for example this one at The Guardian and this one at the BBC) that take it for granted that the tariffs and conditions set by the WTO would have to be ...
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Is there any point in having a backstop with a time limit?

A key part of the Withdrawal Agreement between the UK and EU is the so-called Irish Backstop, the guarantee that Northern Ireland will remain in a customs union with the EU until both sides agree on ...
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Can the UK Prime Minister immediately withdraw the country from the EU without backing from parliament?

Can the UK Prime Minister immediately withdraw the country from the EU without backing from parliament? I am not asking if this is legal, or if it is possible to do without committing political ...
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Will the DUP agree to a Northern Ireland Referendum? [closed]

I heard it proposed by Michael Portillo (BBC This Week 13/6/19), that a Johnson government might solve the Irish conundrum by holding a referendum in Northern Ireland, which voted by a majority to ...
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What do Tory leadership candidates hope to gain by saying they will renegotiate the Withdrawal Agreement?

Assuming that it is accepted that there is very little to no chance of being able to re-open negotiations on the Withdrawal Agreement between the EU and UK, what do Tory leadership candidates hope to ...
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Has there been any indication at all that further negotiation between the UK and EU is possible?

All but one of the current candidates for the Tory leadership (and this role of Prime Minister of the United Kingdom) are proposing to renegotiate the Withdrawal Agreement between the UK and EU to ...
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Is the EU 'punishing' the UK for Brexit? How so? [closed]

This question states the EU has been making Brexit harder for the UK. One of the answers stated the reasons were to dissuade other members from deciding to leave as well. What I wonder is, is that ...
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Who are the so-called “political elite” in Britain? [closed]

It is a central axiom of those supporting Brexit that Britain is governed by a "political elite" who are out of touch with the views of ordinary people. The implication seems to be that people who ...
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How could the PM prorogue Parliament without the Queen's consent?

In theory, only the Queen can prorogue Parliament: The Queen formally prorogues Parliament on the advice of the Privy Council. https://www.parliament.uk/about/how/occasions/prorogation/ Based ...
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If Parliament were prorogued for a long period, how would the government raise funds?

It is reported tonight that Dominic Raab, in his campaign to become leader of the Conservative Party, has indicated he would be prepared to prorogue Parliament. Presumably the purpose would be to ...
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What was the practical effect of voter suppression in the UK's 2019 EU parliament elections?

There are reports of widespread voter suppression of both non-UK EU-citizens and UK citizens living outside the UK in the 2019 EU Parliament elections, which they are entitled to participate in. ...
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How will the European Parliament look after brexit?

So 751 different members of the European Parliament was elected. However, some extra members were also elected for some countries for which the extra members first join the parliament the day (when/if)...
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If Boris Johnson were prosecuted and convicted of lying about Brexit, can that be used to cancel Brexit?

This question is based on the assumption that Boris Johnson gets prosecuted and found guilty of misleading the public during the EU referendum. Could this be used in court to argue that the results ...
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Would the meaningful votes have been held if not for the Gina Miller case?

In an answer to this question user "Moo" claims that the Gina Miller case has not changed the current situation at all. Yet the Lords was able to force the government to hold a "meaningful vote" on an ...
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What exactly did the Brexit Party gain in the 2019 EU parliament election?

The UK is leaving the European Union soon and Theresa May failed to deliver the Brexit as promised, mainly because she could not get her deal approved by the UK parliament. Under these circumstances, ...
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Did the Brexit Party “dominate” EU elections in the UK?

According to the BBC headline the Brexit Part "dominated" the EU election results: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-48417228 Yet if you look at the actual numbers it seems that they polled ...
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Of the 34 Conservatives who voted against the Withdrawal Agreement last time, how many are remainers?

There were 34 Conservatives who voted against May's last attempt (that was put to a vote) on March 29 to pass the Withdrawal Agreement she agreed with EU. I recognized only one remainer on that list: ...
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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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A paradox at the heart of the Brexit argument

It is central to the argument of the campaign to leave the EU, that Britain needs "trade agreements" with the non-EU world. (Forget for one moment that we do enjoy such agreements with about 70 ...
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Would Brexit have gone ahead by now if Gina Miller had not forced the Government to involve Parliament?

Background (from Wikipedia): In June 2016, in the aftermath of the United Kingdom European Union membership referendum, [Gina] Miller privately engaged the City of London law firm Mishcon de Reya to ...
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Did the UK Government ask for the Irish backstop?

Was the Irish backstop asked for by the UK Government or was it was it an imposition by the EU?
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Did any Conservative MPs indicate that they might vote against May?

As of today, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Theresa May, has resigned. One reason for this might hypothetically have been an expectation that she would lose a vote of no confidence in the ...
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Why did David Cameron offer a referendum on the European Union?

In 2013 in a speech in London entitled “Britain and Europe” David Cameron committed to an in/out referendum for the European Union for their 2015 manifesto. “The next Conservative Manifesto in 2015 ...
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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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Where have Brexit voters gone?

In June 2016 17.4 million people voted to "Leave" the EU. In today's EU elections it is anticipated that about 7 million people will vote for the Brexit parties (Brexit and UKIP). (Edit 29/5/19 The ...
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Has Theresa May explained why she refuses to resign?

I have a very naïve view on politics and am having a hard time to understand why Theresa May does not resign. All her proposals have been rejected by the Parliament. Not only they were rejected, but ...
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Can Labour force a general election in the UK?

In the UK, Labour claim to want a general election, but despite the handling of Brexit, still the government coalition will not pass a no-confidence vote. Could Labour not force the issue on Brexit, ...
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Why did Theresa May offer a vote on a second Brexit referendum?

As part of a now-rejected deal with the Labour party, Theresa May seemed to open the door to a second Brexit referendum. Theresa May made her final big gamble as prime minister on Tuesday, offering ...
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Why did the UK remove the 'European Union' from its passport?

As per a previous question answered this is optional. But I am wondering, what is the reason behind making the decision to remove the words 'European Union' from the cover of UK passports issued since ...
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On what legal basis did the UK remove the 'European Union' from its passport?

The UK is still part of the EU. So I am wondering, what is the legal basis of the decision to remove the words 'European Union' from the cover of UK passports issued since March 29th 2019 (the ...
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Which UK polls//surveys provide information at a constituency-by-constituency level, for the upcoming EU elections in May 2019?

Coming as no surprise whatsoever, the 2019 EU elections will be an interesting event in the UK. Notable features seem to be: The election may act as a proxy vote on brexit, and on various parties' ...
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Have there been any elections which were rendered completely irrelevant by later events?

Due to not reaching an agreement about Brexit, the United Kingdom is forced to hold European elections a few weeks from now, on May 23rd. The elected members (across the European Union) will be ...
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Independent, post-Brexit Scotland - would there be a hard border with England? [closed]

Suppose Brexit happens, and the UK leaves the EU without a customs union. Scotland then has a 2nd independence referendum on the basis that they voted heavily to stay within the EU, and Scotland ends ...

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