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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Brexit, EU tax evasion regulation, and the City of London

Articles (such as this one published by Foreign Policy and this one by BBC) and documentaries (such as 2017 film "The Spider's Web" described here) detail the history and extent of Britain’s "Empire ...
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To what extent does the British Royal Family provide the United Kingdom with soft power?

A common argument that is given for the continuation of the monarchy in Britain is that it provides the United Kingdom with soft power. The OED defines soft power as: a persuasive approach to ...
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What are the (bidirectional) flows of skilled workers between Australia and the UK, presently?

In relation to an Australian statement that there would be "brain drain" from Australia to the UK should a visa-free worker system be adopted between the two countries... Surely, both Australia and ...
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How did the Asians vote in the “double digit” Asian-minority areas in the Brexit referendum?

I found two competing narratives on the Asian minorities vote in the Brexit referendum. The simple overall picture: Two thirds (67%) of those describing themselves as Asian voted to remain And ...
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Do any countries besides the UK have a “triple lock” on pensions?

The Economist wrote before the 2017 UK general election: The average incomes of retired households are now higher than those of working ones, once housing costs are accounted for. Small wonder that ...
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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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Are UK, the Netherlands and Germany considering pension fund reformation after stress tests of pension funds results?

According to this article, pension funds in the UK, the Netherlands and Germany face an “existential threat” because of their precarious financial positions: Sven Giegold, a member of the European ...
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What powers does Ofcom have?

I was reading this article on the Culture Secretary calling for Ofcom to take action against the London Live TV station. Yesterday, April 8th, the station broadcast an interview with David Icke, the ...
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Has the position of the NHS been considered in exploring the option of Brexit while remaining in the EU customs union?

I was watching Channel 4's What happens after a Brexit election?, in which one of the guest introduces the NHS: The Conservatives aren't having to answer questions about the details of their ...
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Is there an online source for pre-1942 UK general election polls from the British Institute of Public Opinion?

I know that there are records of UK general election polls from before 1942, since I have read them in back issues of Cavalcade in the British Library (because I'm fun). I'm looking for an online ...
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Are there any pre-Brexit-referendum polls on UK electorate preference for a strongman leader?

An article in The Economist this summer says: The gridlock in Parliament, where mps have been caught between loyalty to their constituents, their party and the instruction of the referendum, has ...
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If the UK leaves the EU but joins the EEA, what happens to non-EU trade?

If the UK joins the EEA but leaves the EU, I understand it will have free trade with the EU via EFTA. What about trade with all the non-EU countries? I understand that the UK would not benefit from ...
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What are the implications of the Bank of England directly financing government spending?

HM Treasury has announced this morning (April 9th) that the UK has temporarily extended the Ways and Means facility (the government's overdraft with the BoE) in order to fund the fight against the ...
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Has anything been published about how YouGov determined the figures they are using for predicted turnout by age?

YouGov's MRP model is seen as one of the most reliable pre-election predictors of what results will look like in the UK. Their turnout predictions by age are as follows: According to the ...
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Is there precedent for a law to be declared void because it should have received Queen's Consent, but it didn't?

Wikipedia mentions that If a bill is mistakenly allowed to progress even though the required [Queen's] consent was not signified and the error is discovered before Royal Assent has been given, the ...
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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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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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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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What criteria do historians use in ranking best and worst UK prime ministers?

E.g. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historical_rankings_of_prime_ministers_of_the_United_Kingdom and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historical_rankings_of_presidents_of_the_United_States have rankings ...
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“But not legislation enacted by the UK Parliament”?

What does footnote 119 mean? 5.10 Some conclusions on the rule of law We end this discussion of the rule of law with the point with which it began— that the meaning of the concept cannot be ...
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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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Has there been a comparison of party discipline in the UK with other European countries?

On one hand, the fact that MPs are elected in single-member districts would suggest they are more likely to break party discipline if their constituency has different interests. On the other hand, ...
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Why does the UK retain the Chagos Islands when it is a US military base

The Chagos Islands is at the centre of an ongoing dispute over ownership between the UK and Mauritius. The validity of each claim is covered in another question However, current the only use The ...