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What would happen if the UK refused to take part in EU Parliamentary elections?

I've seen a lot in the news over the past couple of weeks about the UK having to take part in the EU Parliamentary elections, if they still haven't left the EU by 22 May. For example: BBC Brussel's ...
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Who must act to prevent Brexit on March 29th?

As I understand it, the EU27 leadership made the UK a conditional offer with various options to extend the Article 50 negotiation period. Who has to act to accept and enact the extension? Can the UK ...
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What are the arguments in favour of Brexit?

As a fairly typical UK citizen, with a partner, children, job, mortgage, etc., what benefits can I expect to experience over the next five years as a result of the UK leaving the EU? I'm aware of ...
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Is there an Impartial Brexit Deal comparison site?

I found the following one but as far as I can tell it is totally biased towards staying in the EU. https://comparethebrexit.com/ How can I get an impartial view of the effect of different deals (...
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Can somebody explain Brexit in a few child-proof sentences?

I find the whole Brexit thing impenetrably difficult to understand. My main points of confusion: What exactly does leaving the EU entail? Just writing some letter announcing that EU tariff ...
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Why did the EU agree to delay the Brexit deadline?

Pretty much the title. My attempts to search Google only brings in swathes or news items about extension, but no explanation of why it might be so, at least none that I can find. Attempt to make UK ...
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Does the UK parliament need to pass secondary legislation to accept the Article 50 extension

Given the following The Miller Case established the need for Primary legislation to be passed within parliament to trigger the Article 50 notification. Which it did in the European Union (Withdrawal) ...
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What can be achieved by the Revoke Article 50 petition at this point?

I am talking about this petition: Revoke Article 50 and remain in the EU. It's got 2.5 million signatures in two days, way more than necessary to be considered for a debate in the parliament. But ...
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What reason(s) have UK politicians given for not wanting another referendum on whether the UK should exit the EU or not? [duplicate]

This question is different from Why doesn't the UK hold a second Brexit referendum to clarify what the public wants from Brexit? because that question is asking about voting on the form that ...
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Whose support is needed for May to win the vote? [closed]

May has lost the "meaningful vote" for her Brexit deal twice now. My questions are, who (and how many) are voting against her, what demands are these people making, and which ones is she trying ...
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Analogy of Brexit Negotiations as a Poker Game

During the Brexit process, some leave supporting politicians compared the negotiations to a game of poker, often saying that the UK were effectively showing their hand and weakening their bargaining ...
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Among all parties in Parliament, is there sufficient support for a hard border in the Irish Sea?

One of the reasons that the Brexit debate has been so fraught (or so it appears to us Yanks) is that the Tories are currently supported in Parliament by the Democratic Unionist Party. This party ...
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How confused is the UK public about the meaning of a no-deal Brexit?

I found this on a forum posted in January this year: Sky poll Sample size 7834 Do you know what No Deal Brexit means? Exit EU without agreement 63% We stay in the EU 26% No ...
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Why is an extension of Article 50 needed if a deal gets accepted?

This question comes from today's statement by Tusk that "a short extension will be possible but to be conditional on a positive vote on the withdrawal agreement in the House of Commons." This makes me ...
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Why can't the Brexit deadlock in the UK parliament be solved with a plurality vote?

I doubt I am the only person that is frustrated and a bit perplexed by the current deadlock we are seeing in the UK parliament regarding Brexit. My question is: there appears to be a fairly well-...
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What would a revoked Brexit after the 2019 EU parliament elections mean for the European Parliament?

This is a follow-up of this question: Suppose EU27 grants the UK the extension May has asked for till 2019-06-30. That would mean that the UK would not take part in the 2019 EU parliament elections. ...
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Is there a survey of the public opinion whether no-deal is preferable to the November deal?

A number of UK politicians prefer a no-deal Brexit to the November deal agreed between the government and the EU (but twice rejected by the UK Parliament). Yet the majority of the MPs also to rejected ...
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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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Who votes to extend Brexit's deadline?

To give the UK a delay for Brexit, the European Union should unanimously grant the delay. But when we say "unanimously", who votes, who make the decision for each member state?
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In the event of Brexit being postponed beyond the EU elections, will UK voters in EU countries be eligible to participate?

Currently it is speculated that Theresa May will ask for an extension of Article 50 to the end of June/early July of 2019. It is probably that any delay will continue beyond the next EU parliamentary ...
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Why is participating in the European Parliamentary elections used as a threat?

As the Brexit deadline approaches, I've seen reporting recently over the British government using participation in the European Parliament elections as a threat to convince MPs to not force the ...
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Could Sinn Fein swing any Brexit vote in Parliament?

Half-informed American here so I apologize if this seems like a naive question on British politics. Given the strong preference of many in Ireland to avoid a hard border between the Republic of ...
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How would the Northern Ireland Backstop impact the possibility of treaty change in the rest of the EU?

Under the terms of the Northern Ireland Backstop, the UK (or at least Northern Ireland) would be obligated to broadly follow EU rules surrounding the Single Market and the Customs Union. If, at some ...
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Conscription rights if UK Locked in Backstop

Does the EU have the power to develop a European Army, and to conscript European citizens into it? If so, would the Northern Ireland Backstop mean that UK citizens could also be conscripted into this ...
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What is an arch-remainer or arch-leaver?

In coverage of the ongoing Brexit votes, I'm seeing individuals being referred to as “arch-remainers”. Google also suggests there's some minor usage of the term “arch-leaver”. I've never heard this ...
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What is the difference between the UK red lines and hard Brexit?

One aspect that I have not seen discussed in relation to the Brexit negotiations is in what ways a hard Brexit differs from the main aspects of what the UK wants from Brexit in the first place. ...
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Brexit - No Deal Rejection

As you might know on the night of 13th March at 19:00 British MPs voted on whether Britain would leave the EU without a deal. Needless to say, it was rejected. However, if the outcome of that vote is ...
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The backstop in the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill

If I understand correctly there are two parts to the backstop in the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill. First, if the future relationship has not been agreed before December 2020 then “...
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Is there a majority (in the UK parliament) in favour of a 'soft' brexit that can't be realised because it is split across the two main parties?

Most of the opposition parties are in favour of leaving the EU but joining EFTA and possibly a customs union with the EU (crossing Theresa May's 'red lines'). Are there enough Conservative MPs also ...
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Can an Article 50 extension take effect pending approval from national states?

Now that the UK Parliament has again rejected the Withdrawal Agreement and reiterated its desire to not leave without a deal, the UK may choose to apply for an extension to Article 50. Such an ...
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What is the deadline if the UK wishes to apply for an extension to Article 50?

Now that the UK Parliament has again rejected the Withdrawal Agreement and reiterated its desire to not leave without a deal, speculation is rife as to whether the UK will apply for an extension to ...
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What options are left, if Britain cannot decide?

To my understanding, the lawful government of the United Kingdom has decided, following due process, that: The United Kingdom shall leave the European Union at a set date (currently 29 Mar 2019) The ...
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Brexit Amendments

Recently, in the news, there has been much talk of Brexit votes. In particular, the votes of the House of Commons on specific amendments, like amendments in which the Commons supports the PM's deal, ...
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Why doesn't the EU invade the UK and put a puppet government in place? [closed]

Well considering the massive backlash that seems to unfold from the brexit, and the massive economic damages, as well as social outrage (think Ireland). Would a small invasive force not be the ...
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Why doesn't the EU now just force the UK to choose between referendum and no-deal?

Since May has proven unable to get a deal through, there are now two alternatives left: no-deal, or an article 50 extension (which would then lead to further deals being put on the table, or possibly ...
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Can Brexit be canceled by leaders without parliamentary support? [duplicate]

Given that Brexit is something between the United Kingdom and the European Union, are there any leaders (I guess it would be May, if anybody) whom the EU recognizes as having the authority to cancel ...
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A vote on the Brexit backstop

The backstop aiming to prevent a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland is the main sticking point in the Brexit negotiations between the UK government and the EU. It appears that the UK ...
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I, a UK citizen, part own a company in the EU. What happens after Brexit? [closed]

In 2017, I travelled to Greece where I co-founded a charity with a Greek citizen. I returned back to the UK in 2018 where I have been living since. Does anybody have any information about what ...
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Has Nigel Farage ever responded to his “Unfinished Business” quote?

One month before the 2016 Brexit referendum, Nigel Farage, who favored Brexit, was quoted arguing that a close result would leave "unfinished business": Farage told the Mirror: “In a 52-48 ...
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Have any organisations said they will definitely benefit from a no-deal Brexit?

From what I understand, the 'deal' being discussed by Parliament is less a trade deal more a list of what standards will or will not be recognised and what processes will or will not be followed after ...
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Has Britain negotiated with any other countries outside the EU in preparation for the exit?

Regarding Brexit, the prospect of a no deal has existed since the moment it has begun. I have been unable to find anything from my own research The question is straightforward enough, has any ...
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What will happen if Parliament votes “no” on each of the Brexit-related votes to be held on the 12th, 13th and 14th of March?

It is being reported that there will be a series of votes on the 12th, 13th and 14th of March: The prime minister said she will put her withdrawal agreement - including any changes she has agreed ...
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What are the consequences of MP's resigning from Government

Excuse my ignorance, but I don't get what the significance is of a few of MP's threatening the Prime Minister to quit if she doesn't do something (example: currently if she doesn't assure UK won't ...
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Will the Withdrawal Agreement result in a treaty?

If the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill passes it becomes an Act. Does it also result in a treaty? How could a future Government change the intergovernmental element of that Bill
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Is the UK legally prevented from having another referendum on Brexit?

Is there a legal reason or law(s) that prevents the United Kingdom from having another referendum on Brexit?
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Is the EU Settlement Scheme precluded on the passing of the Withdrawal Agreement?

The EU Settlement Scheme appears to be the mechanism for EU nationals (and EEA nationals I think) to register with the UK Government so that they have a distinct set of requirements for being ...
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Can a nation rely on trading under WTO rules as a default position?

The widespread view in the British press seems to be that if the UK leaves the EU without a specific deal, things will default to World Trade Organization rules. This article from Australia in 2016 ...
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How could the European immigration politics be affected by Brexit?

The European migrant crisis has been playing a big part in European politics since 2015. Since Brexit was voted people have discussed the reasons that could be behind it, one of them being the wish to ...
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How is Brexit affecting the interactions between citizens? [closed]

How does Brexit affect the society's attitude towards each other? Are people becoming more hostile towards each other over the voting? And lastly, do xenophobic parties voice their opinions more ...
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What are the countries that will be most affected by a no-deal Brexit in the short-term?

I can find a lot of data about which countries currently have the most net trade with Britain, but I assume that Brexit will hit them unevenly. For instance, if a country (Germany?) mostly buys/sells ...