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Questions tagged [united-kingdom]

Questions relating to the government and politics of the United Kingdom, including that of Scotland, Wales, England, and Northern Ireland.

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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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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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How will Britain's middle class be affected by Brexit? [on hold]

Will the british middle class suffer from the consequences of leaving the EU or will they reap the benefits of doing so? If you have any concrete facts or statistics please link them and/or any source ...
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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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How will the UK's economy be affected, depending on if it will be a hard or soft Brexit? [closed]

Will the outcome of Brexit have any positive impact on the UK market? Are there any available studies on this topic?
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Are people dissatisfied with the immigration politics? [closed]

Did people vote for Brexit because they are dissatisfied with the immigration politics and that there has come to many immigrants to the UK?
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How is Brexit affecting the interactions between citizens? [on hold]

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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Is there a benefit to limiting immigration to the UK? [on hold]

One of main reasons people voted for Brexit was to restrict immigration. Is there actually a benefit to limiting immigration to the UK? Are there any studies available on this topic?
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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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Is immigration connected to Brexit? [closed]

Brexit is a highly topical supject and I have a question. Is immigration connected to Brexit? In what way?
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Has a member of the British royal family ever run for Prime Minister of the UK?

There are news reports that a Thai princess is to run for Prime Minister in the upcoming Thai elections (e.g. see here). This has been titled as a political earthquake. This article states: The ...
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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 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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Do polls indicate support for post-Brexit freer trade?

The Bank of England Brexit GDP scenarios show a blue area depicting a "close relationship" scenario and a "less close" relationship scenario. It is clear that when they use the label "less close" they ...
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Is there any research on when voters made their mind up in the Brexit referendum campaign?

Is there any research on by what date voters made their mind up about Brexit in the referendum campaign?
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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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Why is the status of Gibraltar considered disputed (by some)?

It is stated in this article that: Spain ceded Gibraltar to Britain in perpetuity in the treaty of Utrecht in 1713. This point of view appears to be UK policy, as in: ... the prime minster’s ...
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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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The contract of an MP

The Parliamentary Oath is taken by all MPs. Are any other oaths taken by MPs? Is there a written contract that they must sign: for example to commit to represent their constituents?
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Are there rules about the position an MP should take on an issue?

As far as I know the UK is a representative democracy. I think this means small co-located populations send representatives to a central Parliament to act on their behalf in the legislature. So ...
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Are WTO rules benign and easy to live with?

About 60% of Britain's export trade is with the EU (including those countries with whom the EU has trade agreements such as Japan, South Korea etc). It is frequently claimed by Brexiteers that we ...
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What does it mean to “leave the backstop”?

Imagine a scenario where the Withdrawal Agreement, as it currently stands, (the one which the House of Commons has rejected by 230 votes), is signed, and following a Transition Period, the UK and EU ...
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Do members of the royal family need permission to talk to people on the phone? [closed]

My friend thinks she is communicating with Prince Andrew. However communication happens only through hangouts, he keeps telling her he needs special permission to talk to anyone on a regular phone ...
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Democratic legitimacy in the Westminster system

This is a question about how effectively the public can endanger an MP's job at a General Election. The Westminster system enables the public to campaign for or against any MP-candidate in any ...
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What personal identification documents does the British Royal Family have?

What personal identification does the Royal Family have? Does the care allow all members of the Royal Family to travel any place with just that card?
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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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Is the appointing of a Government by the leader of the party that wins a General Election merely a convention?

In the UK the executive (the Government) is appointed by the leader of the party that wins a General Election, with appointees chosen from MPs and Lords (I think). But is this merely a convention as ...
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Implications of Martial Law in the UK

Whitehall officials have been gaming a state of emergency and even the introduction of martial law in the event of disorder after a no-deal Brexit — https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/martial-law-...
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Would it be plausible to solve the Irish Border issue by unifying Ireland?

The Irish border seems to be the biggest obstacle to establishing an agreement on Brexit and we've seen considerable talk about hard and soft borders. There are two potential solutions that I have NOT ...
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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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Freedom of movement directive after a hard Brexit

Would the freedom of movement directive automatically cease to apply to the UK after a hard Brexit or is some sort of parliamentary action necessary for that?
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What does Zimbabwe need to do to become a colony again?

I am a Zimbabwean and I believe that the only way my country can move out of the economic mess we are in is not through politics. But simply giving away the country to anyone/any country that may be ...
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What is the nature of the Cooper/Boles amendment and what are the implications?

I understand the Cooper/Boles amendment is an “amendment to the motion.” The motion being Theresa May’s “Brexit Plan B”. What is an amendment to a motion? A proposed change to the wording of ...
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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 is Northern Ireland currently being governed with its executive vacant and its legislature suspended?

Currently, the Northern Ireland Executive is vacant while the Northern Ireland Assembly is suspended, following the resignation of deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and subsequently First ...
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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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What are valid criticisms of how Theresa May has approached Brexit?

I am an American who has followed Brexit for a while and have a view that I suspect is wrong and would appreciate an informed correction. From the outside it seems that Theresa May, a conservative ...
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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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Does extending Article 50 legally require a new set date?

If the United Kingdom chose to apply for a delay to Article 50, must they set a new (target) date in order to do so? Or could the UK suspend postpone Article 50 until further notice / indefinitely, ...
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Pensions of British EU Civil Service in Theresa May's brexit deal

Back in 2016, there was disagreement over who would foot the bill for pensions paid out to British members of EU Civil Service. Normally, they would get their pensions from the EU, but due to brexit ...
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Would the UK have to pay anything to the EU in case of a no-deal Brexit?

The EU was very insistent on the UK paying back its obligations to the EU after leaving the Union, as a condition for negotiating a favorable trade deal. But would the UK have to pay back anything if ...
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What do recent polls show the British people want from Brexit?

I was looking at the Wikipedia article on opinion polls for the UK general election to determine if there has been any shift in UK politics that might give any indication of the likely outcomes of ...
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Would it be illegal for the UK to negotiate a trade deal with the EU while still a member?

Would it be illegal for the UK to negotiate a trade deal with the EU while still a member? Or is it the signing of trade deals that is prohibited, and negotiation is permitted?
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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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Why would the UK government be reluctant to rule out a no-deal Brexit?

The UK government has so far refused to rule out a no-deal Brexit, something the Official Opposition has demanded. Some hard-Brexiteers have claimed that ruling this out would weaken the UKs ...
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Can the UK revoke Article 50 to reinvoke it later? [duplicate]

What stops the UK from revoking Article 50 simply to reinvoke it later for an additional 2 years of time to work out a deal?