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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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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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How intensively has FvD campaigned for or against The Netherlands exiting the EU?

In the 2019 provincial elections, Forum voor Democratie (FVD) is set to win the most seats in the Dutch Senate (see picture from the Dutch broadcaster NOS below). I haven't really followed their ...
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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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In the backstop position will the UK be able to negotiate FTAs?

The backstop in the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill is a “Single Customs Territory” over which the EU has control of the tax wall around the UK (the “Common Commercial Policy”, I think?). ...
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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 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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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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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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How to explain the importance of European Parliament elections to a regular folk living in Eastern Europe?

European Parliament elections are coming in 2019 and on several occasions I have heard various public figures arguing about their importance and that it is very important to show up and vote. However, ...
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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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What is the rationale for a government trying to block one of its citizens for becoming EU prosecutor?

Romania’s former head of the anti-corruption directorate DNA has significant chances of becoming European Prosecutor's Office. According to Wikipedia, an EU Prosecutor can investigate fraud across EU,...
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How does GDPR affect raising signatures to be able to be a candidate party for an election?

European Parliament elections are coming and the parties and candidates must raise a certain number of signatures in order to participate. One who signs to support a party or candidate must provide ...
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How does Nord Stream II project fit with Ukraine-EU relationship?

A local TV short documentary argued that the Nord Stream II project should be finalized by 2019. I cannot find information to support this, but Wikipedia mentions that its construction has begun in ...
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Spitzenkandidaten and nominating Commissioners

If I understand correctly, in the Spitzenkandidat process each EU party nominates a candidate for Commission presidency. Do those nominees have proposed Commission appointees? Or does the installed ...
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Can the European Council dismiss the European Commission at any time?

Does the European Council have the power to dismiss the European Commission at any time?
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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 an EU member state recall or change their nominated commissioner mid-way through a term?

Can an EU member state recall or change their nominated commissioner in the European Commission, mid-way through a term?
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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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How is the individual person affected by economic changes as a result of Brexit? [closed]

I have a few questions regarding the following topic: How is the individual person affected by economic changes as a result of Brexit? How are people in the age between 25 and 35 predicted to be ...
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How will brexit affect the British export and import? [closed]

Will there be any positive consequences that are expected from Brexit or is it mainly expected to be bad for the British trade?
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How are the President and Vice Presidents of the European Commission appointed?

The College of Commissioners in the European Commission consists of a President, a First Vice-President, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (who is also a ...
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On what basis is matériel used in EU military operations?

On what basis is matériel used in EU military operations? For example, Operation Sophia is the EU military mission to interdict people smuggling routes in the Mediterranean. On what basis are the ...
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Who commands Operation Sophia?

Operation Sophia (formerly EU NAVFOR Med) is an ongoing European Union military operation, established in 2015 to interdict refugee smuggling routes in the Mediterranean Sea. Who commands this ...
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What are the arguments for the militarisation of the European Union?

Since Maastricht the European Union has been developing a military element. Firstly with the Common Foreign and Security Policy, then (via the Western European Union vehicle) the European Security and ...
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Is there an EU law that prevents repair of electrical devices?

I know there's a lot of discussion at the moment of the EU introducing new "right to repair" regulations to try to reduce waste. I was recently told that this is effectively a reversal of existing ...
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Can European Union Commissioners be members of political parties?

Can European Union Commissioners be members of political parties, or must they resile their memberships of such groups?
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The European Commission proposal to end the veto on tax policy

The European Commission has announced its plan to scrap the member state veto on tax policy. This was immediately rejected by Ireland, a country whose economic model is backed by tax-haven status. ...
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How is fishing in the European Union structured?

As an island in the Atlantic the UK has the right to fish large swathes of ocean off its coast: a 200 nautical mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ). I think this is how it works inside the EU: the UK ...
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Why does France have systematic difficulties in obtaining a budget deficit below 3%?

According to this article France plans for a budget deficit slightly over the EU allowed limit of 3%: France's budget deficit is likely to overshoot the European Union's limit of 3 percent of GDP ...
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Why doesn't the U.K. just revoke its Article 50 withdrawal?

Appreciating that it would be extremely politically unpopular, are there any policy reasons why a PM wouldn't just revoke the withdrawal, unilaterally cancelling Brexit?
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Did the Lisbon Treaty to some degree encode directives that were already in effect, and simply move them into treaty law?

As I understand it, the Lisbon Treaty ammended the two core treaties of the European Union: the Treaty on European Union (TEU), and the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU). Did the ...
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What is the reform mechanism of the European Union?

What is the reform mechanism of the European Union? Is there a process built-in to the design of the EU to enable reform?
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Who voted for anonymity in the vote on transparency in the European Parliament?

Today the 31st of January 2019 there was a vote in the European Parliament on the topic of transparency with regards to contacts with lobbyists (link in swedish). This vote was decided to be cast ...
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Has there been a decline in EU-skepticism since Brexit?

I have seen people (including actual politicians) state that since Brexit, the skepticism against the EU amongst member-nations has fallen, possibly due to what a fiasco Brexit has actually turned out ...
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Are EU Parliament speeches re-translated to minimize “lost in translation”?

According to this article a Romanian minister speech was particularly hard to translate, so the various (real-time?) translations were quite different: English Let me tell you that the fact that I ...
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EU plans for UK-Ireland border in case of no-deal brexit

Seeing how a no-deal brexit seems more likely than ever before, has the EU presented any plans for the UK-Ireland border in case of a no-deal brexit? I am particularly interested in plans by the EU ...
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Why does the UK have to pay EU staff pensions if the EU have been collecting pensions contributions? [duplicate]

Why does the UK have to pay EU staff pensions if the EU have been collecting pensions contributions?
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Is Turkey in “the” EU Customs Union?

Is Turkey in “the” EU Customs Union or in a bilateral customs union with the EU?
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Have the UK Government reached an agreement with the EU on flights in a no deal scenario?

Have the UK Government reached an agreement with the EU on commercial UK <-> EU flights in a no deal scenario?
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How much authority did EU member governments give to the EU during the negotiations of the JCPOA?

The EU was a key element in the negotiation of the Obama-era "Iran nuclear deal." How did this work with respect member state governments? Did member states choose to delegate responsibility for ...
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Did any EU27 politician oppose appointing Barnier as Brexit negotiator for the EU?

Michel Barnier is the European Chief Negotiator for the United Kingdom Exiting the European Union and represents the EU27 in the Brexit negotiations between the UK and the EU27. Given how the EU27 ...
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Why does the Common Agricultural Policy exist?

The Common Agricultural Policy is a system of state grants to farmers in the EU. Why do farms warrant public funding in this way? Isn’t this, in effect a form of protectionism?
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Does the 1997 FTA between the EU and Mexico reduce tariffs to zero, or simply agree to reciprocity?

Does the 1997 FTA between the EU and Mexico reduce tariffs to zero, or simply agree to reciprocity? I ask because a modernised version of the agreement is being finalised that “scrap high Mexican ...

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