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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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Did only retired people vote in a majority for the Conservatives in the UK 2017 General Election?

I was looking through the wikipedia article for the 2017 general election in the UK, and found these numbers provided by a YouGov poll that broke down the voting results by demographic. Most of the ...
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Do any countries use a codified version of the “matter of confidence” of (former) UK tradition?

By tradition that appears to be in question now there used to be case in the UK that governments could designate a particular vote as being a ‘matter of confidence’ – which means they would ...
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Is it possible to indefinitely postpone a new parliamentary session in the UK

Traditionally, as I understand it the British parliament sits on annual sessions. Each one starting with a Queen's speech. After an election winning a vote on a Queen's speech is requirement for an ...
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What (if any) secular UK groups are ideologically opposed to jury service?

The HMCTS guidance on jury service states that excusal should be given to: members of generic or secular organisations, whose ideology, or beliefs are incompatible with jury service I am aware ...
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How is the BBC allowed to promote commercial products?

I always had the impression that the BBC, at least up to some point in time, was not allowed to promote commercial products in any way. However when viewing the BBC website, I quite often notice ...
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Can a party unilaterally change candidates in preparation for a General election?

Can a political party unilaterally change candidates in the run up to a general election campaign? For example if too many MPs support policy X and this is seen as an electoral risk, can the party ...
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Is there any way for the UK Prime Minister to make a motion directly dependent on Government confidence?

The British Parliament has rejected the Brexit bill, but it has also defeated the motion of no-confidence. Is there a mechanism in place for the PM to merge these two votes so that if you don't vote ...
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Why did the US and UK choose different solutions to the problem of an undemocratic upper house?

Both the US and the UK formerly had an upper legislative house which wielded considerable power despite being elected by government officials rather than the people (the Senate) or completely ...
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Does Theresa May's government promote any Maidenhead-specific agenda given that she's an MP for that district?

Theresa May has been serving as MP for Maidenhead since 1997. Now that she's the Prime Minister, is her government trying to push through any policies that would be of particular benefit for residents ...
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Is it common for British MPs to have no connection to their electoral district?

As an example, Theresa May is serving as an MP from Maidenhead even though she had no connection whatsoever to this constituency since before her election in that constituency. On the other hand Boris ...
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What legal actions/procedures I can take as an indivdual to implement sugar law

I would love to see a higher limit on sugar content in food, ideally not more than 15%, but a 40% is a start. What legal actions/procedures I can take as an individual to get something put in law to ...
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Is there a timeline of what type of a Brexit deal each party found acceptable over time?

In the immediate aftermath of Brexit there has been a lot of posturing with numerous UK politicians demanding that the UK either gets a tailormade deal or quits outright without a deal, instead ...
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Parliament proposing/passing motion whose constituency effects depend on how a member voted

Recent shenanigans in the United States and the recent cynical turn of UK politics have me wondering about the constitutional implications of a UK government attempting to pass a motion where negative ...
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What's the youngest age when someone joined a political party in the UK?

Apparently Annunziata Rees-Mogg joined the Conservative Party, at the age of five, in 1984. So is this a record, or are are even younger examples?
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Does Parliament hold absolute power in the UK?

Does Parliament hold absolute power in the UK? What I mean by absolute power is: presumably they can make illegal or legal whatever they want. Even going so far as to disenfranchise their own ...
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Can a no-deal Brexit happen before the new extension end date of 31 October 2019?

Under what circumstances can the new Brexit extension (31 Oct) be ended short of that date? The EU has said that: If the withdrawal agreement is ratified by both parties before this date, the ...
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Does Parliament need to approve the new Brexit delay to 31 October 2019?

Does the UK Parliament have to approve the new Brexit extension till 31-Oct-2019? If Parliament does not approve it, or does not do so before 11 pm, would that result in a no-deal Brexit tonight? I ...
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Shouldn't there be a significant time delay between Brexit being finalised and the date of departure?

I am curious as to why there doesn't seem to be a significant period of time for people to prepare for Brexit. That's to say, if there are to be significant changes in the law, shouldn't there be at ...
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Chances of Assange extradition? [closed]

Will the UK extradition decision be highly unlikely? What are the chances?
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Has there been any research into whether euroscepticism is a function of age or of values?

Has there been any research into whether euroscepticism is a function of age or of values. If it is a function of age then euroscepticism should (assuming constant birth/death rates) remain constant ...
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What is the priority of potential extraditions in Assange case? [migrated]

Julian Assange has been arrested by the Metropolitan police for jumping bail and also pertaining to an extradition request from the US. Also the lawyer for one of the alleged victims of sexual ...
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Why do many countries not offer a fixed rate 30 year mortgage?

I recently moved from the US to the UK and was bewildered by the myriad subtle and not so subtle differences in mortgage products offered by banks. It struck me that the variety of federal ...
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Why don't hard Brexiteers insist on a hard border to prevent illegal immigration after Brexit?

This is a follow-up to this question about what hard Brexiteers want with respect to the Irish border. It appears that hard Brexiteers are mostly happy to leave this question for the DUP and Ireland ...
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Why won't UK Prime Ministers formally apologise for the Amritsar massacre?

A BBC article today recalls the trapping and shooting to death of 379 - 1000 Indian protesters by British troops in 1919. While Winston Churchill called it "monstrous" in 1920, David Cameron paid his ...
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Why isn't Northern Ireland demanding a referendum on joining Ireland, similar to the one in Scotland? [duplicate]

Northern Ireland looks like it's in a perfect position for a referendum on leaving the UK: it could instantly join its neighbor Ireland and remain a part of the EU, it has a long history of protesting ...
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Is it possible for the two major parties in the UK to form a coalition with each other instead of a much smaller party?

For example, a coalition of Conservatives and Labour, as currently this would command a clear majority and represent a greater majority of the population. Surely representing more of the population ...
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What do hard-Brexiteers want with respect to the Irish border?

Hard-Brexiteers would like the UK to have a "clean break" with the EU, and in particular they don't want any part of the UK to stay even temporarily in the customs union (the so-called backstop). ...
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Why have hardline Tory eurosceptics not resigned the whip to bring down the Government?

If my maths is correct, the Tory/DUP coalition has 323 seats. The opposition has 320. This means only two Tory MPs need to resign the whip to force a new Government: which presumably is exactly what ...
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How does the Speaker vote if there is a tie?

If there is a tie in a vote, how does the Speaker vote? Does the Speaker conventionally vote with the Government?
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What is the maximum sanction that can be placed on a UK government or PM for acting illegally

In recent weeks we have seen the Cooper bill designed to prevent a no-deal Brexit. MPs pass Bill designed to avoid no-deal Brexit My question is a hypothetical about constitutional law; if the PM ...
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Article 50 Brexit with drawal ,we had a vote largest ever attended [closed]

Why has the Queen signed the act to stop Brexit ,this was the largest vote ever ,ie turn out .And it is being ignored by Parliament and the Queen .This has made Parliament very unpopular ,as they are ...
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Should the British be getting ready for a no-deal Brexit? [closed]

As an American, I have been watching the Brexit proceedings with some confusion. To all appearances, British politicians do not want to compromise, and the European leaders do not want to compromise. ...
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How (un)common is it for the speaker to appear on television (parliamentary footage excluded)?

Speaker Bercow recently appeared in a Dutch talk show, however, I haven't seen him appear on any British TV shows (except of course for parliamentary footage in which he appears a lot for obvious ...
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What's the difference between repeating elections every few years and repeating a referendum after a few years?

There's a lot of talk in the UK these days about how holding a second referendum on Brexit would be "undemocratic" and "go against the spirit of referendums". However repeating a vote doesn't seem all ...
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What are the disadvantages of a WTO Brexit(Clean Break)? [closed]

So I just listened to Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, say now in Dublin that "if the UK were to leave the EU without a deal, let me be very, very clear. We would not discuss anything ...
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Do any democracies besides the UK have a ban on broadcasting parliamentary footage for comedic purposes?

When I first heard this on John Oliver's show, I thought it was a joke, but apparently there is a real ban in the UK on broadcasting parliamentary footage for the purpose of comedy. Do any other ...
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Is repealing the EU Withdrawal Act a precondition of revoking Article 50?

If Brexit were to be cancelled, at some point the EU Withdrawal Act (2018) would need to be repealed. Would such a repeal be a precondition of any notification to revoke the UK's Article 50 notice? ...
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Why do UK politicians seemingly ignore opinion polls on Brexit?

Looking at the Brexit opinion polls it seems that the public is consistently in favor of staying in the EU ever since July 2017, with the gap between 'leave' and 'remain' slowly widening over time. So ...
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Is EU Single Market membership part of the backstop?

Is EU Single Market membership part of the backstop in the Withdrawal Agreement?
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Do any Labour MPs support no-deal?

This week Theresa May has reached across one parliamentary divide to ask the Labour Party to work with her to pass a Brexit deal. This necessity has been reached because the PM is unable to reach ...
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Was the referendum on the Good Friday Agreement called “confirmatory” at the time?

In the context of a 2nd Brexit referendum discussion Peter Kyle Labour, Hove Last week, 268 Members voted for the principle of a confirmatory ballot—the largest number of votes for any ...
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What is a “confirmatory” referendum in the context of Brexit?

The topic of a second referendum on Brexit has been discussed since the time of the first referendum. However, recently, there is a lot of talk in UK politics about a "confirmatory" referendum. For ...
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Has the BBC provided arguments for saying Brexit being cancelled is unlikely?

I have been following Brexit on the BBC website, for example, this article. They have consistently said it's unlikely that Brexit will be cancelled (at times I think they said "very unlikely"), but ...
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Why does the EU insist on the backstop when it is clear in a no deal scenario they still intend to keep an open border?

The controversial backstop is seen by the hard-line Brexiteers as a trap by the EU to keep Northern Ireland permanently in a customs union without an option to get out if the UK wanted. In a no deal ...
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What will be the long term effects of the unprecedented actions the UK parliament has been taking recently? [closed]

Recently the UK parliament has taken some unprecedented actions, such as taking control of their business from the government on several occasions, and yesterday rushing through a bill in just a few ...
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UK: Is there precedent for the government's e-petition site changing the direction of a government decision? [duplicate]

In 2006 the UK government implemented a website for 'e-petitions' to streamline the process of petitioning the government on specific issues. The problem I have with this system is that the most ...
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Which UK politicians claimed that German car makers would ensure a good Brexit deal for the UK?

Before the 2016 referendum I recall a number of claims that the German car makers would make Angela Merkel (somehow) make the rest of Europe give the UK a good deal. I know Nigel Farage made this ...
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Why do UK MPs give way?

User luchonacho asks about the process of MPs giving way in the UK House of Commons. I’m curious as to why MPs give way so frequently when: Parliamentary speaking time is at a premium Interruptions ...
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Can Theresa May easily circumvent the Yvette Cooper bill?

From the UK House of Commons media feed (regarding a bill that would force the Prime Minister to request a further extension to the Brexit date from the EU): MPs will now consider amendments to the ...
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Do UK voters know if their MP will be the Speaker of the House?

Regarding the office of the Speaker of the House of Commons in the UK, I am wondering if voters know at election time if the MP they are voting for will become the Speaker (in which case, they will ...