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Why does the UK want to remove medicines from the scope of the Northern Ireland protocol?

I've read on the BBC that the UK is seeking to renegotiate the NI protocol with the EU (which is part of the Brexit deal). I can understand why the UK sees some of the provisions as burdensome, but I'...
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Why does British Indian Ocean Territory follow RHT?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Left-_and_right-hand_traffic Why do cars in the British Indian Ocean Territory drive on the right-hand side of the road (as in the US) instead of on the left-hand side of ...
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Why does Boris Johnson seek to renegotiate the Brexit deal with the EU?

The UK wants to renegotiate the Brexit deal with the EU, mostly because of Northern Ireland's current (and future) situation. The EU immediately rejected the offer. My question is: Why does Boris ...
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Why does UK allow criminal record checks to contain “non-crimes”?

According to Telegraph UK law allows in some cases for "non-crimes" to appear on one's criminal records: Incidents must be logged by police and can show up on a DBS check even if officers ...
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Has a former Prime Minister ever broken a three-line whip before?

On July 13th, 2021, MPs voted against returning the budget for international aid to 0.7% after it was cut to 0.5% in the November Spending Review. Notably, several Conservative MPs voted against the ...
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Arguments for Scotland in non-EU United Kingdom?

Last referendum about it took place in 2014, and Scotland elected to stay in the United Kingdom. One of then Prime Minister David Cameron's main arguments was that independent Scotland would be ...
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UK Health Secretary on Today: I will sometimes use a mask when not required by law. Is he the first minister to announce this choice?

The requirement to wear face coverings in law will be lifted. However, the Government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport. [...] As COVID-...
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Galloway effect in Batley and Spen

This TLDR News video implies that George Galloway's 8000 votes in the 2021 Batley and Spen by-election come from the Conservative party voters in previous elections. A stance also held by the ...
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What would NATO's obligations have been if HMS Defender had been attacked near Crimea?

The United Kingdom is a member of NATO. Does Article 5 bind the allies to defend a member that is in another country's soil, waters or airspace? Suppose that the HMS Defender had been damaged or even ...
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Who has held the largest number of different UK Cabinet positions?

On June 26th, Sajid Javid replaced Matt Hancock as the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care after the latter's resignation. This is Javid's sixth cabinet-level position within seven years: ...
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What are UK and EU proposals for post-Brexit musical touring?

There has been persistent discussion e.g. https://www.theguardian.com/music/2021/jun/23/radiohead-new-order-and-more-artists-call-for-overhaul-of-post-brexit-touring-rules of the difficulties that ...
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Is availability of jurors a limiting factor in the justice system?

It is being reported today that the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, Lord Burnett of Maldon is calling for smaller juries to clear the backlog of court cases: Telegraph (paywalled) Text ...
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Why doesn't the UK compete as a single country in events such as the FIFA world cup?

(Not sure if this should be on the Sports.SE, but I am looking for a political answer) The UK competes as separate countries (Scotland, England, Wales, Gibraltar, etc.) at events such as the FIFA ...
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When was the last time that a major party in GB polled <2% in a constituency?

The Labour Party garnered just 1.6% of the vote in the Chesham and Amersham by-election. When was the last time that a major party (Conservative or Labour) received <2% of the vote in a Great ...
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If King Harald V of Norway were to become king of the UK, and subsequently died, what would happen next?

Let's say that, by some miracle, King Harald V became the king of the UK after everyone before him in the line of succession died (and he received permission from the Storting). Do the positions of ...
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UK Government's contract award ruled illegal. What are the consequences?

As widely reported (e.g. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-57413115) the UK Government was found to have acted illegally in awarding a contract to associates of Michael Gove (the minister who ...
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What is going on with the DUP party “purge”?

A lot of this doesn't get covered in the US so it's been hard to follow. Apparently the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland is... imploding? The interventions follows the resignation of ...
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Who in the UK to email or write, to advocate counting time spent on Student Visas towards the required 5 years of continuous residence?

If I want to reform or campaign for time spent on a Student visa (previously called a Tier 4 (General) student visa) or a Youth Mobility Scheme visa to count towards the required five years of ...
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Can the platinum jubilee bank holiday be cancelled?

The official list of UK bank holidays includes a 'Platinum Jubilee' holiday scheduled for 3 June 2022 to mark the start of Queen Elizabeth's 70th year on the throne. There is, naturally, some ...
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Why doesn't time spent on a Student or Youth Mobility Scheme visa count towards the required 5 years of continuous residence?

Time spent on a Student or Youth Mobility Scheme visa doesn't count towards the required 5 years of continuous residence for settlement in the UK. What's the policy reason? I note that non-UK students ...
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What prompted the commissioning of Lord Dyson's report

https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/2021/dyson-report The BBC has today published the Rt Hon Lord Dyson’s independent investigation into the circumstances around the 1995 Panorama interview with Diana, ...
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Examples of unchallenged repetition in a Commons filibuster

In a BBC article explaining the Private Members' Bill ballot, the "art of filibustering" is described. It differs from a filibuster in the US Senate in that participants must actually talk ...
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Of what importance was the Westland affair?

I've been reading M. Thatcher's book The_Downing_Street_Years, and she spends a lot of time discussing the Westland affair. Her account seems completely orthogonal to the one given in the Wikipedia (...
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Why didn't the Human Rights Act 1998 incorporate the European Convention of Human Rights?

In May 2021, my Politics teacher wrote on her Powerpoint The Human Rights Act 1998 doesn't explicitly say that anyone has any rights. The HRA merely requires certain bodies to do certain things in ...
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Where can I download the voting results for UK elections?

Where can I download the voting results for UK elections? My question covers elections for the House of Commons, the London Assembly, the Scottish Parliament, the Welsh Parliament, the Northern ...
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What is the dispute resolution authority between London and Brussels now?

Whatever terms two parties agreed on, the deal is dead in the water unless there's an independent body that determines whether a party violated the agreement or not. Otherwise, the deal will function ...
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When will 2021 UK census results be published?

According to https://www.ons.gov.uk/census The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is responsible for planning and carrying out the census for England and Wales. The next census will take place on ...
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Does current English law allow for a regional elected deputy mayor?

I will absorb the post into the West Midlands Combined Authority as an elected deputy mayor. -- Jon Hunt, candidate for West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner I'm pretty sure this wouldn't be in ...
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How are UK devolved nation’s budget deficits funded?

The Scottish Government has tax raising powers and, over the past several years, expanded spending powers too. However, I’m wondering how budget deficits for these devolved administrations are funded. ...
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What (if any) are the legal consequences if the UK government fails to meet carbon budgets?

If the UK's carbon budgets are 'legally binding' as part of the Climate Change Act of 2008, what are the legal consequences for failing to meet them? I'm confused as to what 'legally binding' means in ...
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Why doesn't the UK rescue Nazanin Zaghari? [closed]

Nazanin Zaghari is a dual British-Iranian citizen who has been detained for years because of allegations over plotting to topple the Iranian government. These claims are clearly fictitious, and it's ...
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In what context did Tony Benn say the following?

Apparently, the late Tony Benn, once a Labour MP for Bristol South East and Chesterfield, once said: The way the government treats refugees is very instructive because it shows you how they would ...
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Why hasn't the UK government nationalised the rail service in England?

Four months after Wales nationalised their rail services, Scotland has announced that it will nationalise it's railways, obviously this has been an outcome of the slump in passenger numbers due to the ...
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How can the UK government have spent £37 billion (US $51 billion) on the “Test & Trace System”? [closed]

Whether £37 billion be the amount that has been spent, or simply the Test & Trace budget for the first two years as this site suggests, I find it inconceivable that such amounts are remotely ...
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Are there any countries that the UK now has trade agreements with, that it didn't before it left the EU?

The big rationale touted by those who wanted Britain to leave the EU was that we would be able "to do trade deals around the world". By virtue of our membership of the EU, thanks to its ...
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House of Commons clarification on clapping

From my current understanding, MP's are not allowed to clap in the House of Commons. Instead, they say (or shout) "hear" to express themselves. However, after having watched this video, I've ...
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What obligations exist for Scottish Ministers to report meetings to the civil service?

Yesterday Nicola Sturgeon gave evidence to the committee of the Scottish Parliament examining her involvement in the inquiry into allegations against Alex Salmond. Part of that examination involved ...
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Why is the House of Lords retained in a modern democracy?

Members of the House of Lords are unelected, hold their position for life, and citizens cannot remove them in any way. Leaving aside the financial aspect in maintaining this institution, the unelected ...
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What does defeat on the Address mean?

What's the "Address"? Queen’s Speech | The Institute for Government It is rare for the government to be defeated on the address in the Commons – as governments usually have a majority in ...
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Can the oath to the monarch be “honestly” removed in the British Parliament

In Britain, members of Parliament must swear an Oath of Allegiance to the Queen (or the current Monarch). Is there a mechanism by which this requirement could be removed? Presumably such a proposition ...
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Did Jackie Weaver have the legal authority to remove the chairman of the parish council during a meeting?

During a meeting of the Handforth parish council on December the 10th seen here, the chairman of the council was removed from a Zoom meeting by the Zoom meeting host. The recording of this meeting has ...
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What happened at the Blackpool Labour Party Conference in 1980?

I came across Thatcher's infamous The Lady's Not For Turning speech at the Tory Party Conference in 1980. She starts and ends her speech with references to the Labour Party Conference that had ...
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How many pro independence Scottish voters are pro EU membership

It seems (to me, from a distance) that the SNP argument for a Scottish independence push is predicated on the idea that an independent Scotland will join the EU. Is there any good quality data ...
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What exactly does the collocation “pull the vote” mean?

Does it mean to give up and not organize the voting? Is there an opposite such as push (for) the vote? (I am an English learner/translator.) This is a context: "A ring-round of Cabinet on Friday ...
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Why doesn't the UK Labour Party push for proportional representation?

There is a consistent majority for liberal (progressive) parties in the UK, but they regularly cannibalise each other in the first-past-the-post voting system (see Wikipedia for details). The last ...
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Current status of a prospective 2017 EU fining of the UK for allowing undervalued Chinese imports

According to Politico in 2017: Britain faces a potential €2 billion bill from Brussels after EU investigators found that U.K. authorities turned a blind eye to a massive fraud network that allowed ...
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How big is this customs-clearing fee that packages from the UK to the EU incur? [closed]

The BBC has an article that lots of Germans are apparently refusing to accept packages they ordered from the UK once they are presented with the new customs clearing form/fee. Since 1 January, lots ...
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What powers do British constituency presiding officers have during elections?

I've been following a lot over the past several months, how US elections are conducted and the steps that are taken between an election and a new President being sworn in. Particularly, how the states ...
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What's the deal with the Irish border now, exactly?

I've read a couple of BBC articles on that (this and this one) but still don't have a clear picture of what the arrangement is. In the last weeks of 2020, I was a bit bewildered that all they talked ...
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Is regular Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs) something unique to the Westminister system?

I've noticed that Prime Ministers in Westminister systems (i.e. United Kingdom, Scotland, Wales, Australia, New Zealand, etc.) are expected to answer questions in Parliament on a regular basis. This ...

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