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

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Increase judicial oversight of the UK executive? [closed]

Brexit has proven that the UK Parliament can't adequately safeguard against the abuse of executive power - Miller II [2019] UKSC 41 is case in point! Thus don't we need MORE JUDICIAL, not just ...
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What are UK executive's abuses of executive power, barring Boris Johnson's prorogation in 2019 voided by UKSC? [closed]

What are abuses of executive power that the UK Parliament and parliamentary oversight failed to adequately safeguard against, judicial oversight ought to be increased for? Please list multiple ...
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First non-elected person in line of succession for British Government or Parliament?

The US government has a defined order of succession should a catastrophic event take out many senior officials, but the British parliamentary system does not seem to have one. If the current Prime ...
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In Westminster systems that are not Australian is the term “Dorothy Dixer” known?

In Australia, during questions without notice (the equivalent of PMQ), the softball questions from the government backbenchers to the PM (or other ministers) are called a Dorothy Dixer. Is this term ...
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Why's it difficult to tell whether practice on a certain matter has hardened into a rule, particularly when the practice is negative in character?

I don't grasp the boldened sentences. If a member of the House of Lords last held office as Prime Minister in 1902, then how can't we "conclude that this has always been the case since 1902"? Doesn't "...
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In the UK parliament, how much of Prime Minister's Questions is pre-planned?

So I was watching PMQs today and realised that almost everyone, certainly the party leaders, refers to notes during their time to talk. Is the PM given a list of questions beforehand? However during ...
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Is there a summary of Johnson's government plans to defund the BBC (assuming this is correct)?

According to CNN Johnson's government announced plans that pave the way to removing the BBC's public funding model. Johnson's government has been locking horns with the BBC virtually since he came ...
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If Parliament doesn't approve the use of most prerogative powers, where's the accountability?

Anne Dennett. Public Law Directions (1 ed 2019). p 269. 12.2.3 Royal prerogative The royal prerogative ‘encompasses the residue of powers which remain vested in the Crown, and they ...
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Why hasn't Minister of the Civil Service been abandoned, when this is always just the PM?

Wasn't this title superfluous back when The ministership was created for Harold Wilson on 1 November 1968 when responsibilities for the pay and management of the Civil Service was transferred ...
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What are 'separate and simultaneous estates of the House of Commons and the House of Lords'? [closed]

Pls see green under-line below. I know what the House of Commons and House of Lords are, but I don't grok "estates". What happens if I delete "estates of the"? Colin Faragher. Public Law Concentrate ...
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Parliament v. Crown in Parliament v. Queen in Parliament

Please compare contrast all three terms? Pls note the 3 other separate questions below. Anne Dennett. Public Law Directions (1 ed 2019). p 101. It is common ground that the most fundamental ...
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Parliament v. Queen in Parliament [duplicate]

How does Parliament differ from "Queen in Parliament"? In each following quote, what happens if I replace "Queen in Parliament" with just Parliament? Anne Dennett. Public Law Directions (1 ed 2019). ...
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Parliament v. Crown in Parliament [duplicate]

Mark Elliott. Public Law (3 ed 2017). p 108. 2.4 The Crown Consider the following phrases of British constitutionalism: the ‘Crown in Parliament’, ‘Her Majesty’s government’, ‘Ministers of ...
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Has there been a significant difference in sympathy for Israel between the public in Ireland and in the UK?

There's fairly lengthy article in Foreign Policy that attempts to explain why the Irish have been supportive of the Palestinian cause, actually its champions in Europe according to that article. The ...
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How many seats have the anti-hard Brexit parties lost in the 2019 general elections due to the spoiler effect?

Are there any calculations available: How would the elections end up in a proportional voting system? or How much seats has the spoiler effect cost the Labour and the Lib Dems? That is, in how many ...
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Why are political speeches published in advance?

In the UK (and perhaps elsewhere) it is common for politicians to publish speeches ahead of the speech itself, leading to news articles such as the following: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-...
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Has there been a comparison of party discipline in the UK with other European countries?

On one hand, the fact that MPs are elected in single-member districts would suggest they are more likely to break party discipline if their constituency has different interests. On the other hand, ...
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Why did the UK not trade more with countries outside the EU?

The UK is leaving the EU in the process called Brexit. For companies in the UK, the interaction with customers in the EU will become more difficult for the customer. I suspect that it also becomes ...
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Is it unprecedented for a party to nominate someone from an opposing party to the House of Lords?

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has nominated former Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow, who was previously a Conservative, to the House of Lords for the dissolution honours list. Prime Minister ...
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UK Parliament Act Usage (Lords v Commons)

Is there a limit to the number of times that a bill can be bounced between the Commons and the Lords before the Commons are allowed to use the Parliament Act?
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Who are the current “working members” of the UK Royal Family?

In relation to recent news that "The Sussexes will not use their HRH titles as they are no longer working members of the Royal Family." (HRH = "His/Her Royal Highness".) Is there an official ...
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What are the (bidirectional) flows of skilled workers between Australia and the UK, presently?

In relation to an Australian statement that there would be "brain drain" from Australia to the UK should a visa-free worker system be adopted between the two countries... Surely, both Australia and ...
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Can the Scottish Parliament pass a law to stop labeling anything in imperial?

As expected, The PM has responded with 'No' to a second Scotland referendum. I was wondering what Scotland can do to 'protest' that and as per a discussion on my previous question (What can Scotland ...
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Why would low-skilled British workers go to Sydney and Melbourne (in large numbers)?

News from earlier this month The Australian government has turned down the UK’s offer of a post-Brexit trade agreement that included visa-free work and travel between the two countries. Trade ...
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Is it possible for the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland to form a Government if they win a majority?

The last election in the Northern Ireland produced a vote share, for the Alliance Party, of double what they got in the last election (16.8% from 7.9%). Reality may not permit a party gaining a ...
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Brighton Pavilion and the Green Party

The sole Green Party MP in the House of Commons is Caroline Lucas, who has continuously represented the seat of Brighton Pavilion since 2010, prior to which it was held by Labour. East Sussex, like ...
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Speakers and Constituency Concerns [duplicate]

The current Speaker's seat in the UK House of Commons is Chorley. As the Speaker does not take part in debate at all, how can he hope to resolve any concerns regarding his constituents?
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Role of Speakers and Deputy Speakers in voting

In the UK House of Commons, the Speaker can only vote to break ties. The Deputy Speakers do not take part in partisan politics either, and can only raise constituency concerns. Now, suppose the ...
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To what extent does the British Royal Family provide the United Kingdom with soft power?

A common argument that is given for the continuation of the monarchy in Britain is that it provides the United Kingdom with soft power. The OED defines soft power as: a persuasive approach to ...
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What are the Brexit steps for 2020 and beyond?

As I understand it, Brexit and the start of the transition period on January 31st, 2020, still require the approval of the UK Parliament. This is generally assumed to be certain, given Johnson's ...
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Dependencies, autonomous territories and the EU

UK Crown Dependencies (e.g.: Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man), Overseas Territories (e.g.: The Falkland Islands) as well as Danish autonomous territories (Greenland and the Faroe Islands) are not ...
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Brexit deal and the EU national governments

Once the Brexit deal has finished going through the UK parliament, does it still have to be ratified by the national government of each EU member or has it already got past that stage?
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Why are offshore wind farms in the UK situated within sight of land? [closed]

The UN Convention on the Law of the Sea defines an Exclusive Economic Zone of 200nm from the shore of each country. The UK has invested in offshore wind farms. One of the contentious issues of ...
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Liberal Democrats (UK) on exiting the EU: 2008 vs. 2019

In the late 2000s, the Liberal Democratic party wanted a referendum on whether or not the UK should stay in the EU. A decade later, they did not merely want a second referendum, but they wanted to ...
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A tale of two referenda: 1975 and 2016

In 1975, the Labour Party was famously split over the question of remaining in the EEC. While the party took no official position, those on the left of the party such as Michael Foot and Tony Benn ...
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Where did the withdrawal agreement extension mechanism come from?

The withdrawal agreement stipulates that the UK government or the EU have the option, before but not after 1 July 2020, to ask for an extension of the transition period for one or two years. This is ...
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Is there a mechanism for forcibly removing the leader of the Labour Party?

After the resounding defeat of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party in the recent General Election, the Labour leadership - not only Corbyn himself, but other top members of his leadership team, such as John ...
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What happens next with the UK review of parliamentary constituency boundaries?

With all the focus on Brexit, everyone has gone very quiet about the proposed reduction in the number of Commons seats to 600 and the long-overdue implementation of boundary changes to even out the ...
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Eligibility to vote in the UK- non-British nationals

In local elections in the UK, Commonwealth, Irish and EU citizens can vote. Why is this the case? Moreover, why are Commonwealth and Irish citizens allowed to vote in general elections and referenda, ...
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How does taking the Chiltern Hundreds to resign work?

Recently I posted the question Can a Prime Minister be appointed if they do not have a seat in the Parliament? and got a reference to: So if the Conservatives win a majority but Johnson loses his ...
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What would it take for a mainstream UK political party to cease to exist

Listening to former British Prime Minister Tony Blair this morning discussing the recent Labour defeat in the General Election. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-2019-50829352 From the article: "...
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Why was Thatcher apparently unwilling to use Britain's nuclear deterrent in negotiations with China over Hong Kong's future?

Apparently during the negotiations that led to the Sino-British Joint Declaration, the British were hamstrung because they were in a much-weaker position militarily, and Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping ...
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Do Lords in the Cabinet have to answer questions in the House of Commons?

Nicky Morgan has been retained as Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. However, she is no longer an MP, but has been given a peerage instead. As Cabinet members ordinarily answer ...
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How did the Asians vote in the “double digit” Asian-minority areas in the Brexit referendum?

I found two competing narratives on the Asian minorities vote in the Brexit referendum. The simple overall picture: Two thirds (67%) of those describing themselves as Asian voted to remain And ...
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Is there a more in-depth explanation why Asians in (Greater) London voted to leave the EU, breaking with the national trend for ethnic minorities?

A ward-level BBC analysis of the 2016 EU referendum pointed out these patterns of Asian vote in London, breaking with the national trend: White populations were generally more pro-Leave, and ethnic ...
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Why did a decent number of London constituencies vote to Leave?

London has been seen as a Remain stronghold. However, I see that there are a decent number of London constituencies which voted to leave (eg: Carshalton and Wallington, Croydon Central, Uxbridge and ...
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What can Scotland legally do to get independence?

All conservatives members so far confirmed that it is an absolute No to second Scotland referendum. As per that, assuming that no approval is given for a second referendum in the coming months, is ...
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How long do you have to live somewhere to register to vote? (UK)

Assuming I'm entirely in the UK here, totally UK resident, British citizen, etc... If I were to start renting a flat somewhere, would I be allowed to register to vote in that flat's constituency ...
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Can a polling station in the UK shut early if everyone has voted?

If everyone on the voting list for a polling station had been to vote and have been marked off on the list the polling clerks have, would the polling station shut early? Or would it remain open until ...
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Which seat 'predicts' the outcomes of UK General Elections the best?

I remember reading about a swing seat in the UK that always 'predicted' the outcomes of the election (e.g. if the Conservatives were the largest party then the seat would swing Conservative, etc.). Do ...

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