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Questions tagged [parliament]

Questions related to that of a legislative, elected body of Government known as Parliament. Use this with a country tag if asking about a specific country's Parliament

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Is it possible to indefinitely postpone a new parliamentary session in the UK

Traditionally, as I understand it the British parliament sits on annual sessions. Each one starting with a Queen's speech. After an election winning a vote on a Queen's speech is requirement for an ...
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Is there any way for the UK Prime Minister to make a motion directly dependent on Government confidence?

The British Parliament has rejected the Brexit bill, but it has also defeated the motion of no-confidence. Is there a mechanism in place for the PM to merge these two votes so that if you don't vote ...
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Why did the US and UK choose different solutions to the problem of an undemocratic upper house?

Both the US and the UK formerly had an upper legislative house which wielded considerable power despite being elected by government officials rather than the people (the Senate) or completely ...
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Is it common for British MPs to have no connection to their electoral district?

As an example, Theresa May is serving as an MP from Maidenhead even though she had no connection whatsoever to this constituency since before her election in that constituency. On the other hand Boris ...
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Parliament proposing/passing motion whose constituency effects depend on how a member voted

Recent shenanigans in the United States and the recent cynical turn of UK politics have me wondering about the constitutional implications of a UK government attempting to pass a motion where negative ...
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Does Parliament hold absolute power in the UK?

Does Parliament hold absolute power in the UK? What I mean by absolute power is: presumably they can make illegal or legal whatever they want. Even going so far as to disenfranchise their own ...
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What will be the long term effects of the unprecedented actions the UK parliament has been taking recently? [closed]

Recently the UK parliament has taken some unprecedented actions, such as taking control of their business from the government on several occasions, and yesterday rushing through a bill in just a few ...
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Why do UK MPs give way?

User luchonacho asks about the process of MPs giving way in the UK House of Commons. I’m curious as to why MPs give way so frequently when: Parliamentary speaking time is at a premium Interruptions ...
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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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What happened to the proposal that Airbnb and similar businesses should report client data directly to the Norwegian Tax Administration?

I read about a proposal that Airbnb and similar businesses should report client data directly to the Norwegian Tax Administration. I find lots of news about the proposal itself, but no news about 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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Running a General Election and the European Elections together

There's talk in the news about the possibility of a General Election being called. If one is called, could the General Election and European Election be run together with a single ballot paper divided ...
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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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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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Do UK MPs have to follow orders? [duplicate]

I'm reading this article about the recent votes in the UK concerning a bunch of Brexit options: All Conservative MPs - excluding cabinet ministers - were given a free vote, meaning they were not ...
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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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How many times was Standing Order 14 amended?

Standing Order 14(1) is at the center of the latest UK constitutional revolution/innovation (label depends whom you ask), which suspended for one day (today) its first (and perhaps most important) ...
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How unprecedented is for MPs to take control of the parliamentary timetable?

MPs took the unprecedented step of voting to seize control of the parliamentary timetable [...] --BBC Is this speaking hyperbolically, or is it really the case that it never happened before in the ...
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Can UK MPs vote on the same motion twice?

In this BBC News article, my attention was drawn to a footnote in a figure summarising a vote result: Source: BBC News The footnote says: Final numbers include one Conservative MP voting in both ...
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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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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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Were three-line whips more (or less) common before the Fixed-term Parliaments Act?

Before the Fixed-term Parliaments Act (FTPA), there was a convention that the Government effectively underwent a confidence vote on substantive issues: Confidence attached to substantive issues ...
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Could a UK political party place a Three Line Whip on all votes in Parliament?

A three line whip is an ultimatum: "Show up and vote the party line, or suffer the consequences." source What's stopping the leaders of a party from three line whipping every single vote? Is there a ...
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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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How has the division of power worked, between govt and parliament, in modern Britain?

In the last few months, the UK has seen what might be called an "activist parliament". There have been comments on TV/radio in the context of Brexit, that MPs have been setting their own agenda, not ...
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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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Has a British political party ever had more women MPs than men before The Independent Group?

"The Independent Group instantly has a majority of female MPs" Esther Webber, Other than where the group of MPs is a single person (such as Caroline Lucas), has a party ever had more women MPs ...
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Have the UK Conservatives lost the working majority and if so, what does this mean?

The Conservatives in the UK are in a confidence and supply arrangement with the DUP in order to have a working majority in Parliament. Yesterday, three Conservatives left the party to become ...
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Post 1999 will anyone be entitled to sit in the House of Lords by heredity alone?

Post 1999 will anyone new be entitled to sit in the House of Lords by heredity alone?
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Why do some German MPs hold cards up whenever there is a vote in the Bundestag?

You can see here for example https://youtu.be/mKn4Pi3qXjU?t=3594 that members of the Bundestag holding cards up during a vote on a bill. Is this a special kind of voting? How does it work?
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How nobility status affect modern Britain's social and power structures?

Unlike most other European countries, Britain had no noble-destroying revolutions in history, so its noble class appears to be present. But Is there some limits based on noble/not noble in modern ...
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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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How many people actually visit MPs surgeries?

In the United Kingdom, a political surgery is a series of one-to-one meetings that a member of parliament may have with his or her constituents. A typical constituency has in the order of 75k ...
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How did Theresa May remain PM after her Brexit deal was rejected?

As far as I understand, Theresa May was elected to the leader of the Conservatives (and consequently Prime Minister of the UK) to make a Brexit deal (source): She [May] said there was a "big job" ...
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Have own MPs ever voted against the government in a no confidence vote?

After May's defeat on her Brexit deal, Labour tabled a motion of no confidence. The government can lose the vote if either DUP and/or ERG/Brexiteers (these being from the Conservative Party) vote ...
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Has there ever been a larger UK Parliamentary defeat than on Brexit tonight?

I have just watched, live, Theresa May lose the vote on her deal by an unprecedented margin, 432-202. Every UK news source is quoting that this is the largest ever defeat "in the democratic age", or "...
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Does the Brexit deal being voted down imply that Brexit is not going to happen?

Just looking at the TV and I am seeing that the British Parliament rejected the Brexit deal (cannot find an online source yet for this, although multiple sources show this vote result as very ...
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What rule has John Bercow allegedly broken and in what way shall he have done that?

Today, John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons in the UK allowed an amendment by MP Dominic Grieve to a business motion. This decision has been discussed as being very controversial where "a ...
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Can a parliamentary system function properly with a prime minister acting as both head of government and head of state?

The system I am describing is currently only used in South Africa. After every election or when there is a vacancy, the parliament elects a person (in the same way that prime minsters are elected in ...
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Would the Parliament of the United Kingdom have the legal power to change the monarchy?

I am referring to a hypothetical scenario where parliament tries to make the heir to one of the alternate successions to the English throne the monarch. I know that Queen Elizabeth has royal ...
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How long can a vote of no confidence against the prime minister be delayed or avoided?

A motion of no confidence in Theresa May has been tabled. "On Monday night, he tabled a motion calling on MPs to declare they have no confidence in the prime minister" : "No 10 has refused to make ...
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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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Could a coalition government not include the plurality party?

Back during the German elections, I remember a bunch of parties saying they would be unwilling to form a coalition with AfD. That made me wonder--what if AfD had won the most votes without getting a ...
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Are MEPs intended to vote in the national interest, regional interest, EU interest, or some combination?

What is the intended role of MEPs? Should they vote in the national interest, their regional interest, or the European Union's interest?
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How does “giving way” in the UK parliament work?

In UK parliamentary debates, an MP from the Government or Opposition gives a speech on the topic (e.g. see here). Yet, frequently, the person speaking "gives way" to another MP (called "right ...
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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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Public policy for air pollution in India

Pollution in New Delhi is constantly on national headlines. The last piece of legislation done relating to air pollution, as far as I could tell was in 1980. If I am not wrong, the ministry ...