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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Can the UK Prime Minister immediately withdraw the country from the EU without backing from parliament?

Can the UK Prime Minister immediately withdraw the country from the EU without backing from parliament? I am not asking if this is legal, or if it is possible to do without committing political ...
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Can MPs stay in a party even after they vote against their own Government?

If an MP votes against, or abstains in a vote of no confidence of their own Government, can they continue to be a member of that party?
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Loss of majority in Westminster

The Conservative Party minority Government has a majority of four (I think). If the party loses its governing majority, could members from the opposition party resign their whip to stand as ...
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The process of amending a proposed Bill in the UK

In the committee stage of a bill, amendments may be tabled by backbench MPs. The Deputy Speaker picks from the list of proposed amendments for their debate (and voting on?). How are the amendments ...
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Does the UK have a written constitution?

Does the UK have a written constitution? I didn’t think it did, but then I found the following: United Kingdom's Constitution of 1215 with Amendments through 2013 [PDF]
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Can Johnson obtain an injunction to prevent publication of tape recording of row with his girl-friend? [on hold]

It has been reported that Johnson may seek an injunction to prevent publication of the neighbours' tape recording of the furious-tempered row he had with his girl-friend - the sound of breaking plates,...
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If an MEP resigns is the next person on the list appointed?

What is the process in the UK for when an MEP resigns? Is the next person on the party’s list appointed? In Northern Ireland they use Single Transferrable Vote - perhaps they pick the first loser?
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Will the DUP agree to a Northern Ireland Referendum?

I heard it proposed by Michael Portillo (BBC This Week 13/6/19), that a Johnson government might solve the Irish conundrum by holding a referendum in Northern Ireland, which voted by a majority to ...
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What do Tory leadership candidates hope to gain by saying they will renegotiate the Withdrawal Agreement?

Assuming that it is accepted that there is very little to no chance of being able to re-open negotiations on the Withdrawal Agreement between the EU and UK, what do Tory leadership candidates hope to ...
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Has there been any indication at all that further negotiation between the UK and EU is possible?

All but one of the current candidates for the Tory leadership (and this role of Prime Minister of the United Kingdom) are proposing to renegotiate the Withdrawal Agreement between the UK and EU to ...
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Why are British voters more likely to back the main parties in general elections than in European Parliament elections?

Recently, in the United Kingdom European Union Parliamentary elections, the Brexit Party won the most seats, with 30.5% of the vote. There are claims from Nigel Farage and others that the Brexit Party ...
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How was Northern Ireland governed prior to the Belfast Agreement?

The Belfast Agreement sets out the system of governance for Northern Ireland. But this agreement was only signed in 1998 and came into force in December 1999. How was Northern Ireland governed ...
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Is there a radar system monitoring the UK sea borders?

In a private watercraft I have undertaken multi-leg sea journeys to and from the UK via other countries (France, Ireland) without going through any kind of border control. Are movements of this kind ...
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Does the UK delegate some immigration control to the Republic of Ireland?

Identification is not legally necessary for domestic journeys within the United Kingdom. Take the following three-legged journey: Fly from a non-EU country to Dublin Ride a coach to Belfast Sail a ...
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Is the EU 'punishing' the UK for Brexit? How so? [closed]

This question states the EU has been making Brexit harder for the UK. One of the answers stated the reasons were to dissuade other members from deciding to leave as well. What I wonder is, is that ...
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Who are the so-called “political elite” in Britain? [closed]

It is a central axiom of those supporting Brexit that Britain is governed by a "political elite" who are out of touch with the views of ordinary people. The implication seems to be that people who ...
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To what extent do precedents in Westminster systems apply in other countries that use it?

There is currently discussion in the UK about the possibility of a future Prime Minister proroguing Parliament in order to prevent it from frustrating their vision of Brexit. A big part of the ...
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Is there any actual controversy concerning the attacking side at Oldham Rally?

The Guardian ran the following article: Police condemn speculation about violence at Tommy Robinson rally Supporters and counter-protesters clashed at far-right activist’s event in Oldham ...
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Why did Change UK not stand in the Peterborough By-Election?

I've found articles that talk about attempts to set up a Single Pro-Remain candidate to stand directly against the Brexit party. The linked article makes clear these talks broke down, but doesn't ...
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How could the PM prorogue Parliament without the Queen's consent?

In theory, only the Queen can prorogue Parliament: The Queen formally prorogues Parliament on the advice of the Privy Council. https://www.parliament.uk/about/how/occasions/prorogation/ Based ...
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How is the excise border managed in Ireland?

There is a tax border between Northern Ireland and Ireland for excise. How is this managed currently?
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Ratification of trade agreements

Are trade agreements treaties? If so, does that mean that trade agreements are agreed by trade envoys and cabinet-level politicians before being presented to the legislature for ratification? In ...
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What are the problems related to Trump administration’s targeting of Huawei affecting US/UK relationship?

The New York Times article Trump State Visit to U.K. Faces Turbulence Amid Brexit Chaos says: British and American officials said the White House had been deferential to 10 Downing Street in ...
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How prevalent is ghostwriting in UK political speeches?

For example when a Prime Minister delivers a speech are there any circumstances when the minister wrote the speech him/herself? How about the first speech of a premiership?
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What vote percentage required to trigger UK revote

In the UK parliamentary general elections, what is the threshold where a tally would be considered unequivocally in favour of a certain party? I.e. if the Conservative and Labour parties had the two ...
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When does the European Scrutiny Committee get involved in the legislative process?

The European Scrutiny Select Committee scrutinises draft European Union legislation. The Committee assesses the legal and/or political importance of draft EU legislation deposited in Parliament ...
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What was the practical effect of voter suppression in the UK's 2019 EU parliament elections?

There are reports of widespread voter suppression of both non-UK EU-citizens and UK citizens living outside the UK in the 2019 EU Parliament elections, which they are entitled to participate in. ...
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Is it legal in the UK for politicians to lie to the public for political gain?

Is there any legal ground to prosecute a politician for lying to the public where their lie gave them political gain?
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Why is Andrea Leadsom so unpopular in the 2019 Conservative leadership contest?

Apparently, Andrea Leadsom only has the declared support of two MPs in the 2019 Conservative leadership contest, herself and Heather Wheeler. In contrast, Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, Jeremy Hunt, or ...
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How will the European Parliament look after brexit?

So 751 different members of the European Parliament was elected. However, some extra members were also elected for some countries for which the extra members first join the parliament the day (when/if)...
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If Boris Johnson were prosecuted and convicted of lying about Brexit, can that be used to cancel Brexit?

This question is based on the assumption that Boris Johnson gets prosecuted and found guilty of misleading the public during the EU referendum. Could this be used in court to argue that the results ...
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Can the Prime Minister prorogue Parliament?

Can the Prime Minister of the UK prorogue (ie. suspend) Parliament at any time? Or are there constraints on this?
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Would it be accurate to draw a similarity between the role of MP and a Company Director? [closed]

Would it be accurate to draw a similarity between the role of MP accountable to the electorate and a Company Director accountable to shareholders?
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Would the meaningful votes have been held if not for the Gina Miller case?

In an answer to this question user "Moo" claims that the Gina Miller case has not changed the current situation at all. Yet the Lords was able to force the government to hold a "meaningful vote" on an ...
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What exactly did the Brexit Party gain in the 2019 EU parliament election?

The UK is leaving the European Union soon and Theresa May failed to deliver the Brexit as promised, mainly because she could not get her deal approved by the UK parliament. Under these circumstances, ...
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Who will represent the party in the EU parliament after it won some seats?

Let's say party A has won 3 seats out of 10 seats in South East Region of UK in the recent European Parliament election. How does that party choose 3 out of its initial 10 MEP candidates whose name ...
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Did the Brexit Party “dominate” EU elections in the UK?

According to the BBC headline the Brexit Part "dominated" the EU election results: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-48417228 Yet if you look at the actual numbers it seems that they polled ...
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Of the 34 Conservatives who voted against the Withdrawal Agreement last time, how many are remainers?

There were 34 Conservatives who voted against May's last attempt (that was put to a vote) on March 29 to pass the Withdrawal Agreement she agreed with EU. I recognized only one remainer on that list: ...
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Are there influential theories why the Lib Dems have survived on the UK political landscape?

Generally a first-past the post FPTP electoral system favors a two-party system, aka Duverger's law. In the UK however, the Lib Dems have managed to survive for (approximately) a century the ...
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Why does the UK have more political parties than the US?

After reading this article, I got to wondering why the US has 2 viable political parties while the UK appears to have many, even though both use first-past-the-post voting. Across England and Wales,...
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Have any of the “hard Brexit” Tories who voted against May's Withdrawal Agreement in late March stepped forward to be PM?

Both Dominic Raab and Boris Johnson voted for May's Withdrawal Agreement (WA) on March 29 (after voting against on March 12.) Did any of the "true hard" Brexiteers in the sense that they preferred a ...
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Section 13 of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill

Dominic Raab tried to row back from his voting for the Withdrawal Agreement Bill by citing “Section 13” of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill. The implication seemed to be that voting for the WA on the ...
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Does the queen really have to listen to the Prime Minister when appointing a new one?

According to this answer on Theresa May's successor: The party will now elect a new leader, and May will then resign as PM, and recommend to the Queen that her successor as Conservative leader is ...
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Would Brexit have gone ahead by now if Gina Miller had not forced the Government to involve Parliament?

Background (from Wikipedia): In June 2016, in the aftermath of the United Kingdom European Union membership referendum, [Gina] Miller privately engaged the City of London law firm Mishcon de Reya ...
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What is the precedent for replacing the British Prime Minster without a general election and what are the constitutional rules?

Theresa May has resigned as Prime Minister. Some people are calling for a general election. Clearly this has happened before (her direct predecessor for example, although a general election was ...
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Did the UK Government ask for the Irish backstop?

Was the Irish backstop asked for by the UK Government or was it was it an imposition by the EU?
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Did any Conservative MPs indicate that they might vote against May?

As of today, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Theresa May, has resigned. One reason for this might hypothetically have been an expectation that she would lose a vote of no confidence in the ...
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Was parliamentary ratification of trade treaties necessary in the UK (before joining the EU)?

The royal prerogative seems to be the source of UK's government's power to conduct foreign affairs. But does it completely cover trade treaties, i.e. before joining the EU was parliamentary ...
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What is Theresa May waiting for?

Today (5/24/2019), Theresa May announced that she will step down as UK Prime Minister, and that she will quit as Conservative Party leader on 7th June. Why is she waiting until 7th June? Why waste ...
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Why did David Cameron offer a referendum on the European Union?

In 2013 in a speech in London entitled “Britain and Europe” David Cameron committed to an in/out referendum for the European Union for their 2015 manifesto. “The next Conservative Manifesto in 2015 ...