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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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No deal Brexit - how to transition to a new UK/WTO legal interface

If the UK leaves the EU without an EU deal, then I thought UK trade would happen on WTO terms. If this is incorrect, on what terms would trade occur? Is it correct to say that WTO-based trade cannot ...
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How far up the banks' hierarchy did the LIBOR rigging convictions (and prosecutions) go?

It's been reported that a number of bank personnel were convicted for LIBOR rigging, although quite a few more were acquitted. Barclay's CEO and chairman both resigned following the scandal, but ...
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How come no bank chiefs in the US & UK went to prison for the financial crash of 2008?

This story by Forbes points that the only bank chiefs in the financial crisis that engulfed the Western world in 2007/8 were from Iceland: This is where the worlds only bank chiefs imprisoned in ...
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What are the main differences between UK and US (NEP) exit polls, methodologically?

The UK since 2001-2005 has apparently managed to get extremely accurate exit-polls: Prior to 2001 the methods used had been different, and the accuracy of predictions based on exit polls was rather ...
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Is exit-polling more accurate than pre-election polling?

It has been claimed so in a comment which cites a FT article that I can't read (right now). Presumably the topic is interesting enough to have been discussed elsewhere. I'm mainly interested in the ...
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Does the UK have anything resembling the US Foreign Agents Registration Act?

Does the UK have any laws (its own or EU-level) that require lobbying and propaganda paid by foreign sources to be disclosed as such? For example the US has the famous FARA (quoting Wikipedia's ...
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What is the UK doing about acid attacks? [closed]

A three year old boy was injured in a suspected acid attack in Worcester with several people arrested, and statistics indicate acid attacks are on the rise in London (though I suppose it could be ...
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What's the extent of Russian involvement in Brexit, according to latest research?

I found a Channel 4 piece from November last year, discussing 3 papers, roughly in the order of the quantity of evidence (which however might be inversely correlated with the certainty that they were ...
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Does Great Britain have “the worst state pensions in the developed world”? [migrated]

I recently came across this political post on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1942669806033546&id=100008716351033 It is arguing that Great Britain is the 'worst' in ...
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What explains the huge difference between UKIP's high-watermark in EU vs UK elections?

On one hand, UKIP came 1st among British parties in the 2014 MEP election with 24 seats, representing 32.9% of British seats. They even came first in the popular vote in that contest with 26.6% of ...
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What are some examples of Islamophobia in the UK Conservative Party

While researching a previous question (What are some examples of antisemitism in the Labour Party?), I found a lot of references to "Tory Islamophobia". The context of these accusations was sometimes ...
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Could (in theory) the British government or some other British entity “neuter” the British MEPs before Brexit (Spring 2019)?

http://www.lindamcavanmep.org.uk/other-issues/brexit.php says The government has decided that both British Ministers and MEPs will continue to play a full role in EU affairs up until Brexit. I was, ...
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Would European Parliament members from the UK get to vote on the final Brexit deal?

Presuming that a deal is negotiated between the UK and the EU, there would most likely have to be a vote in the European Parliament to confirm it. Given that UK MPs would continue to serve in their ...
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What are some examples of antisemitism in the Labour Party?

The Labour Party of the United Kingdom has recently come under fire for its new code of conduct, with people accusing them of not acting against antisemitism in the party, but quickly against those ...
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Did the British government have any option to not to get out of EU? [duplicate]

When asked to Theresa May about UK's exit from EU, she told the media that she wanted to reflect the people's decision. Did the British government have any option to not to get out of EU even after ...
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Did any group in the UK oppose Falklands war?

Did any group in the UK oppose Falklands war? If Yes, Were they political groups or non-political/human-rights groups? What was their rationale/objective? did they gain any public support? ...
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Why is exorcism still allowed (legal) in highly developed countries?

According to this article exorcism still receives legal protection in US: The Texas Supreme Court on Friday threw out a jury award over injuries a 17-year-old girl suffered in an exorcism ...
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What treaties or (written) agreements would a hard border in Ireland breach, post-Brexit?

Would the hard border that would come up in a "no deal" Brexit (between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland) be violating any binding agreements that the UK has signed? (And the same goes for ...
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In the UK, what is pairing?

In The Guardian on July 19 2018 I found this under the headline "Tory MP casts doubt on claim pairing breach was honest mistake as row escalates - Politics live". Up to five Tory MPs were told to ...
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How do Chinese set up restaurants in UK? [closed]

So, I know Hong Kong used to be British but recently apparently there has been quite a lot of immigration to the UK from mainland China. A lot of Chinese restaurants you go to are run by people with ...
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When can a UK referendum result be officially declared “invalid”?

There has been new allegations of "breaching of rules" by some pro-Brexit groups in the Brexit referendum. This new allegations join previous ones that electoral laws have been broken (also here). ...
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Were the British always among the most skeptical about free movement of people in the EU?

... or did they become this way only after the EU enlargement in Central and Easter Europe (after the fall of the Iron Curtain)? If there's a need to back up the premise of the question... here's a ...
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Boris Johnson's derogatory comments about British business?

An ING analysis on the latest Brexit developments says: Another key Brexiteer, the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson also quit this Monday in another big setback for the Prime Minister's authority. ...
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UK Chequers and Facilitated Customs Arrangement

The statement released by the UK Government from Chequers on July 6th 2018 said that a “facilitated customs arrangement” would be implemented to enable tariffs to diverge between the UK and the EU. ...
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UK Chequers Statement and Trade Deals

The statement released on 6th July 2018 by the UK Government from Chequers stated that the intention was to maintain a common rulebook for all goods and agri-food. Will this enable the UK to allow ...
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Why does the British PM meet the Queen every week?

The British PM traditionally meets the Queen every week to discuss government matters. However this seems like a pointless exercise given that the British monarch lacks any direct influence. So why ...
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What did the hard-line Brexiters (who quit May's government) want?

The latest news is that (Foreign Secretary) Boris Johnson has followed in the footsteps of David Davis: He is the second senior cabinet minister to quit within hours following Brexit Secretary ...
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Why does the UK Labour Party support Brexit?

Sure the "remain" side in the EU referendum suffered a narrow defeat, but the Labour Party has lost in much bigger defeats and didn't abandon its policies, so that's not reason enough. Possibilities ...
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If Vote Leave overspent does that make the referendum invalid? [duplicate]

There are allegations that vote leave has been linked with additional funds from DUP (Northen Irish party). An example of this DUP (Northern Irish political party) vote leave advert on metro (popular ...
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Any survey-based analyses of “why you voted that way” for the 2017 UK election results?

Were there some surveys conducted in the aftermath of the 2017 UK election (or even right before) that tried to find out what were the main issues that voters had on their mind in making their choice? ...
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How does a British Prime Minister 'sack' Ministers?

I was reading another question and it got me thinking: Are ministers protected by laws against unfair dismissal? Under what circumstances can the PM 'sack' members of their cabinet? What happens to a ...
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Why doesn't Theresa May sack hard-Brexiteers from cabinet?

Theresa May's cabinet is highly divided between soft-Brexiteers and hard-Brexiteers. She clearly belongs to the former (she was actually against Brexit before the referendum), whereas people like ...
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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 didn't Ireland and the UK unify their visa regimes?

Ireland and the UK share an open-border area just like the Schengen countries, but unlike the Schengen area they lack a common short-term immigration policy. As a result, pretty much anyone can obtain ...
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Why is the Heathrow expansion so costly?

The UK House of Commons has voted to approve a staggering sum of 16 billion pounds for the extension of Heathrow airport. This is more expensive than projects of a much larger scale, such as the ...
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Is the Heathrow expansion decision conditional upon private parties finding financing?

The UK House of Commons voted on approving Heathrow expansion, or at least, that's how it is described in the media. At closer scrutiny, however, it looks like the vote is just about a government ...
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Has the UK government stated how Heathrow expansion will be financed?

The UK House of Commons is about to vote on proposed Heathrow expansion today, for which the UK government has reportedly promised No cost to taxpayers. According to an article in the Financial Times,...
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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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Why did UK have lax checks on the source of the money coming into the country?

According to this article checks on the source of the money coming into Britain were very lax, thus (at least theoretically) allowing for money laundering: For seven years from 2008, checks on the ...
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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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Why can a bill be blocked by one MP saying the word “object”?

In regards to this story "New upskirting law blocked by Tory MP" A single MP in the Houses of Parliament can say the word “object” and prevent a bill being passed. Why can one MP block proposed ...
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Does UK State funding for opposition parties move if MPs/Lords switch parties?

In the UK, opposition parties receive Short money (Commons) and Cranbourne money (Lords), rising with the number of members and number of votes, from the State, to carry on the business of opposition. ...
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What does it mean to ask for a parliament to sit in private?

In the British parliament on 13th June 2018 SNP MP Ian Blackford said: "Under the circumstances, given the disrespect that's shown, I have got no option but to ask that this House now sits in ...
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What is the UK government hoping to gain by the continued prevarication on brexit negotiations?

Following yesterday's votes on Brexit negotiations in parliament, it seems that the British government has signed up - in principle - to further backstops against a "hard" Brexit in order to appease ...
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Where will EU money go? [closed]

There is no doubt that money from the UK goes to the EU regardless of how much it receives in return. Now that the UK will leave the EU, what will the money that the UK regularly gives to the EU be ...
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Why are some MPs referred to as “Mr”/“Mrs”/“Ms”

Why are some MPs referred to in the Order Paper with an honorific, while the majority are not? For example, in the Order Paper for Wednesday 6th June 2018, the MPs asking questions of the Prime ...
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Is the Brexit implementation period predicated on a deal with the EU?

I presume the term “Brexit implementation period” means implementation of the negotiated deal with the EU. Does this mean the “implementation period” is predicated on a deal with the EU? If so, what ...
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Why did a UK judge place a reporting ban on Tommy Robinson's arrest?

Tommy Robinson (A far right political activist in the UK) was arrested last week outside a UK courthouse. As FOX Reported: The judge in the case on Friday slapped a reporting ban on the case. The ...
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What parts of UK local election campaign literature sway votes?

At the latest local election in England, my school friend ran for office and failed to be elected. Because I've dabbled in marketing, he showed me the leaflet he posted through doors for feedback. I ...