Questions tagged [house-of-commons]

The House of Commons is the democratically elected body of United Kingdom Parliament. It is this body that elects the Prime Minister, who wields the executive power of the UK government. Use for questions specific to this body. Use with the [united-kingdom] tag.

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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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Do UK voters know if their MP will be the Speaker of the House?

Regarding the office of the Speaker of the House of Commons in the UK, I am wondering if voters know at election time if the MP they are voting for will become the Speaker (in which case, they will ...
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Are the SNP frontbenchers in the UK Parliament? [duplicate]

As we know, there is a government frontbench with ministers that is mirrored by the respective ministers of the opposition and the shadow ministers. What about the SNP though? They clearly occupy the ...
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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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Is Bercow still an MP obligated to representing his district?

Is Bercow still obligated to perform his duties representing his constituency in Buckingham while he is speaker? Does he still get to vote on matters, or is someone else appointed or elected to ...
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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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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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Why does John Bercow say “unlock” after reading out the results of a vote?

In video from the House of Commons, whenever John Bercow reads the results of a vote, he says “unlock” at the end. For example, from last night: The Ayes to the right, 329. The Noes to the left, ...
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Why is the Letwin Amendment so-called?

Why is the Letwin Ammendment called that? I assume something Oliver Letwin did something.
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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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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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“Order! Order!” Is this the only call the Speaker of the House of Commons is allowed when calling for MPs attention?

For anyone following the UK political developments in recent months, the role of the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, might have received special attention. His calls for "order, order" ...
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Where can I find the full text of the Brady amendment voted by the UK House of Commons on 29 Jan 2019?

I know the House of Commons website has the text of bills, but this is an amendment to a statement, so I can't for the life of me find it; any help much appreciated! :)
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How does a minority motion in the House of Commons take priority over Government business?

It is being reported in the press today that "rebels" opposed to Brexit "have drawn up an amendment that would allow a motion backed by a minority of 300 MPs to take precedence over government ...
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What if the House of Commons votes no confidence in the Prime Minister?

If the House of Commons votes No Confidence in the government then a general election follows (IIRC the last time this happened was 1979, resulting in the election of Mrs Thatcher). But Jeremy Corbyn ...
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What is the meaning of grabbing the mace in the British parliament?

I gather from this tweet that grabbing the mace lying on the table of the British House of Commons is an act of protest and has some kind of significance. What significance does this gesture have?
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What does Nicholas Watt mean that May has “enough tellers for her Brexit vote”?

From journalist Nicholas Watt on Twitter: With two Tory MPs supporting Theresa May’s deal she has one breakthrough: enough tellers for her #Brexit vote I believe this is a reference to some system ...
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Which British parliamentary Act sets out the citizenship requirements for those who stand for election to the House of Commons?

In Britain, a person who stands in a general election must be a citizen of one of several Commonwealth countries (Canada, Britain, Australia, etc.) or of the Republic of Ireland. This is stated for ...
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Why did May's administration force unwell MPs to attend a Brexit debate?

A recent Commons vote on the EU Withdrawal Bill didn't apply a longstanding procedure allowing by-proxy and nodding-through votes by unwell MPs. Instead, they were forced to attend debates. Why did ...
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Brexit deal 'Meaningful vote' battle between House of Lords and House of Commons

The BBC are reporting that the House of Commons and the House of Lords are fighting over whether or not the former should have a meaningful vote if the government fails to make a deal with the EU ...
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Can members of nobility get elected to the House of Commons in theory and practice?

Are there any restrictions, legal or social, on nobility being members of the House of Commons in the United Kingdom? The section on qualifications mentions that sitting members of the House of Lords ...
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Does the Speaker of the House of Commons have the power to prevent HM Government allowing the US President to speak in the Palace of Westminster?

John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons, has voiced his disapproval of any invitation to Donald Trump to speak to a gathering of both Houses of Parliament. He justifies his view citing ...