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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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What are the benefits of term limit on the head of government?

Terms limits is defined by Wikipedia as: A legal restriction that limits the number of terms an officeholder may serve in a particular elected office In many countries, the prime ministers are ...
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Does unilateral free trade (no trade barriers from anywhere) imply no standards?

Some people have proposed that after Brexit, the UK could adopt the "Singapore model" with unilateral free trade, and have no tariffs or non-tariff trade barriers from anywhere. For example, see The ...
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Theresa May described that the EU wants a backstop to the backstop - what does this mean?

In her statement to Parliament, Theresa May stated that the EU wanted a backstop to the backstop. If I understand correctly, the backstop is a fallback position for customs and regulatory ...
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If the British King dies childless but with a pregnant wife, who is the monarch?

Suppose the British King dies and he is currently childless, but his wife is pregnant. Under the succession laws of the commonwealth realms, what happens? I see three natural possibilities: The next ...
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Is there an official/unoffiicial record kept of 'Three Line Whips' in UK Parliament?

At the Westminster Parliament in UK, there is a mechanism called a Three Line Whip, by which a political party attempts to control the attendance/voting intentions of its MP's. It's unofficial, and I ...
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The DUP have threatened to “vote down the budget” - but what does this mean?

The DUP have threatened to “vote down the budget” if their requirements for Brexit are not met. But what does this mean in practice? Will the Government have trouble passing a budget in this event?
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What issue does the EU take with the UK's Chequers proposal?

It's said that the UK's Chequers proposal is "dead in the water". Different questions here have dealt with UK politicians supporting or opposing the proposal, but I'm interested in the EU's ...
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Can Cabinet Ministers initiate legislation, or does collective responsibility somehow preclude this?

Can Cabinet Ministers initiate legislation, or does collective responsibility mean that technically the whole Government is the initiator?
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Volume of UK law originating in the House of Lords

I thought that the number of Acts passed based on Bills originating in the House of Lords was small when compared to that of the House of Commons. But on the following link https://services....
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Labour Party support for renationalizing railways

What arguments does the Labour Party state for their support for renationalizing the railways?
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Why did the U.K. give Hong Kong Island and Kowloon back to China?

I was recently surprised to learn that the U.K. owned in perpetuity Hong Kong Island (Treaty of Nanking in 1842) and Kowloon (Convention of Peking in 1860). I say surprised because I did not know ...
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What's the point in holding a second Brexit referendum?

Closely related to: What would be the subject of a second Brexit Referendum? Currently, there is discussion about a possible second referendum fueled by Labour, and there seems to be the publicly ...
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What would be the subject of a second Brexit Referendum?

At the moment (Sept. 2018) there's a discussion in the UK whether there should be a "second referendum" on Brexit. In the media there's already a discussion how people would vote. But upon what would ...
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Is there anything uniquely difficult about repealing Treaty law?

The proposed “Chequers Agreement” if passed would involve a new treaty committing the UK to ongoing regulatory alignment for goods. Some Leavers view this with suspicion because they view this kind ...
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How can the Northern Ireland backstop take effect if there is “no deal”?

The Northern Ireland “backstop” is the fall-back position currently being negotiated as part of the UK/EU Withdrawal Agreement with regard to treatment of the UK/Eire border should the UK exit without ...
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By what process do EU directives become UK national law?

By what process do EU directives become national law? Do they get encoded via the normal primary legislation process of a raising a Bill, debating it and then passing an Act?
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Why raise so much fuss about the Skripal poisoning?

On the surface, the Skripal poisoning seems like a minor issue on the scale of international politics: a couple of Russian secret service agents poison a couple of Russian citizens in their UK home. ...
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Why were strict truancy laws introduced in the UK

A little while ago I noticed a post on my facebook feed somebody getting a fine for missing a day of school because of a holiday, then I came across articles such as this one in the mirror giving ...
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How did Labour party members in England vote in the 2016 Brexit referendum?

Polling data is readily available on how members of the Labour across Britain voted in the Brexit referendum: 65% for remain. However, this exit poll includes Labour voters across Great Britain*, and ...
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Why can a person freely change their name, but not their identified gender, in the UK?

In the UK, there is no concept of an "official name". A person's name is simply, whatever name they choose to use and be known by. They can change it or use more that one name in different contexts. ...
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Why do the Conservatives bother standing in elections in Northern Ireland?

According to Wikipedia, the Conservative party only started contesting elections in Northern Ireland in the late 1980s, and they haven't ever been close to a breakthrough. Their political philosophy ...
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How are free-for-consumer prescriptions paid for in a publicly-financed healthcare system?

In the UK, eligible citizens have access to free medical prescriptions. Does the NHS have special deals with drug companies and if so what are they?
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What is the significance of this “sanctimonious humbugs” cartoon which appeared in today's Guardian?

The Guardian is a moderate left-of-centre quality newspaper, of similar editorial policy to the New York Times, and Le Monde. What is the significance of today's cartoon by Steve Bell? https://www....
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Could a post-no-deal-Brexit UK urgently join EFTA and access the ESM that way?

EFTA is a free-trade organisation of Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein. Three of those are members of the EEA, Switzerland has bilateral agreements with the EU, such that all ...
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Would UK citizens require a visa to enter the Schengen area in case of a no-deal Brexit?

If the UK leaves the EU without any deal (the so-called "no-deal" or "Hard" Brexit) and it is not placed on the Annex II list of countries of the Schengen agreement, would UK citizens begin to ...
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What are the limits to the power of the City Remembrancer?

I was re-watching the video from CGP Grey about the City of London. At 3:07 he mentions the City Remembrancer In the video he says: The City of London also has a representative in Parliament, The ...
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What reasons did the DUP have to oppose the Good Friday Agreement and do those reasons still apply?

According to a recent BBC History article the DUP was opposed to the Good Friday Agreement, quoting that article: In Northern Ireland, campaigning was fierce as DUP leader Ian Paisley urged a 'No' ...
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What's Rees-Mogg's constituency, socioeconomically?

Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg is one of the advocates of unilateral free trade it seems. But looking at his constituency profile on Wikipedia it looks like a bunch of farmers and "light industry". ...
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What's a “Minister for Brexit”?

David Jones is described as formerly such "Minister for Brexit". But how is this job description related to the position of Brexit Secretary which was (only) held by David Davis and is now held by ...
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Have any prominent Brexiteers argued for the UK to become a duty-free country (like Singapore)?

If the UK exits the EU without a written (and WTO-compliant) free-trade agreement, it would fall back to MFN rules: An exit from the EU, for example, would cause the UK to lose the preferential ...
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Are there precedents for the EU fining the UK for undervalued Chinese imports?

With all the Brexit talks, this has become a barely noticed case, but it might be relevant for future border relations between UK and EU: Britain faces a potential €2 billion bill from Brussels ...
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Can the UK Civil Service propose legislation or direct legislation?

Can the UK Civil Service propose legislation or direct legislation? Are there rules governing how the Civil Service can behave in this regard?
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The rules for cabinet and shadow cabinet membership in the UK?

I went to an event with the Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change. But I discovered he was not in the Shadow Cabinet. So does this mean that the members of the Shadow Cabinet are wholly at ...
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Is the UK asking for increased influence over the EU post-Brexit?

Recently I heard a BBC correspondent speaking on Radio 4 about why the UK is finding it so hard to get what it wants from the Brexit negotiations. The correspondent said that EU politicians had told ...
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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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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 ...