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Questions relating to the government and politics of the United Kingdom, including that of Scotland, Wales, England, and Northern Ireland.

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Will there be a vote in the Commons to decide the fate of Johnson's deal?

My understanding is that next week the parliament is going to have a vote which effectively decides the fate of Johnson's deal: if it passes, Brexit with a deal on 31 Oct or after a short extension ...
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Why is there a strong link between education and voting Remain?

The more highly educated you are, the more you are likely to have voted for remain rather than leave, in the EU referrendum. Why is this the case? From YouGov: 70% of voters whose educational ...
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Can Johnson safely ignore the Benn Act assuming his deal passes next week?

What's the worst thing that can happen to Johnson or his government, legally, if he ignores the Benn Act (for now at least) given that he intends to bring legislation on the deal Tuesday, it seems? ...
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Has the UK had an election, referendum, or similar result either not implemented or put again before being implemented (in modern times)?

Are there any examples from modern times of the result of a UK election, referendum, etc., not being implemented, or the question being put a second time (perhaps in modified form) before the first ...
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What options do supporters of a confirmatory referendum have?

There is a considerable number of MPs who support a confirmatory referendum on the deal. What legal options do these MPs have now? If there are several possible strategies they can pursue, which one ...
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Why did the Government cancel Saturday's Brexit-deal vote?

I'm not sure I understand why the Government called off the Brexit vote today, after the Letwin amendment passed. The BBC reported After five hours of MPs debating the government's new Brexit deal ...
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Can the UK make a no-deal “real Brexit” next year, even if the Johnson-EU deal is approved (by all involved)?

Some breaking news from the Guardian: The Tory Brexiter John Baron told the BBC this morning that ministers like Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary, and Michael Gove, the Cabinet Office minister, ...
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Has Boris Johnson's government explained why its latest Brexit proposal does not include a referendum for Northern Ireland leaving the single market?

The "final offer" that Boris Johnson has made to the EU includes a provision that the single-market (for goods) arrangement for Northern Ireland needs to be explicitly approved and then extended by ...
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Will the recent US tariffs against Scottish (and more generally UK) products cease to apply after Brexit?

The BBC has some details as to the list of products tariffed by the US as a result of the Airbus WTO ruling. Among these Single malt Scotch whisky According to the Scotch Whisky Association (...
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Why would an elected (absentionist) Sinn Féin MP resign from the House of Commons?

I came across the List of by-elections in the UK and noticed that there was a by-election in West Tyrone in 2018. Nothing unusual about that except that the seat was won by Sinn Féin in the 2017 ...
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Did the ERG leadership comment on the deal agreed by Johnson with the EU?

I think most other significant parties (Labour, SNP, LibDems, DUP) have taken a stance on the Johnson-EU deal, rejecting it. Of note however is that 18 Labor MPs have vowed to defect (i.e. support ...
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Would this use of *nobile officium* be a separation of powers violation?

I've mentioned here and here that certain Brexit-pursuing actions as Prime Minister, by Theresa May and Boris Johnson, raised separation of powers concerns quite separate from the policy question of ...
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Do any democracies besides the UK have a ban on broadcasting legislative 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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Was Leo Varadkar correct that polls have indicated a UK desire to remain in the EU?

The BBC shows several UK papers with front page headlines that the Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister) has said that polls in the United Kingdom have indicated a majority of those recently surveyed ...
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Does the Speaker of the House of Commons have the power to prevent HM Government allowing the US President to speak in the Palace of Westminster?

John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons, has voiced his disapproval of any invitation to Donald Trump to speak to a gathering of both Houses of Parliament. He justifies his view citing ...
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Has Boris Johnson effectively told the EU that a “No Deal” Brexit is a bluff?

Boris Johnson is not happy about the Benn Act because he wants to use "No Deal" as a bargaining chip. This strikes me as a bluff. If it is a bluff, he's told the EU it's a bluff as well. However, he ...
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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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Has Nigel Farage given any recent indication whether his party is going to contest a general election against Boris Johnson?

It seems to me that the outcome of a UK general election in the next few months will depend in no small part on whether Nigel Farage will run (his party) against Johnson's Conservatives or support him/...
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Has the Brexit Party stated whether or not it will keep its name?

Has the Brexit Party made any statement on its name as a movement, when Brexit is finally resolved? It would be expected after several years that 'Brexit' will have lost meaning. I can't think of ...
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Have any UK parties suggested uniting to neutralize the Brexit party by preventing a GE before 2022?

Nigel Farage and the Brexit party are extremely unpopular amongst all the other political parties in Parliament. The Conservative party has just rejected Farage's recent overture concerning a general ...
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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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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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What are the arguments in favour of Brexit?

As a fairly typical UK citizen, with a partner, children, job, mortgage, etc., what benefits can I expect to experience over the next five years as a result of the UK leaving the EU? I'm aware of ...
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Does any politician - honestly - want a No Deal Brexit? [closed]

As a German, it seems to me that No Deal Brexit without preparations would hurt so much that it makes no sense to prefer it. That is so clear that it should be the case for any conceivable expectation ...
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How can the British government both obey the Benn Act and still leave without a Brexit deal?

The European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 2) Act 2019 mandates the Prime Minister of the UK to seek a Brexit extension unless a withdrawal agreement is agreed. However Boris Johnson has also repeatedly ...
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Are Leave Labour voters still an actual thing?

Leave Labour voters have been brought up in political chatter since the Brexit vote. They continue to be if today's Guardian Politics Weekly podcast is anything to go by. But are they an actual thing ...
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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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Is there any timeframe restriction for scheduling an early election under the Fixed-term Parliaments Act?

The Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 provides for two ways that an early general election can be held before the end of the five-year fixed term: A simple majority vote for a motion of no confidence (...
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Could another member of UK Parliament request an extension or even negotiate Brexit? [duplicate]

Apparently John Bercow (House of Commons speaker) has been directly talking with David Sassoli of the EU Parliament John Bercow has sparked outrage after it has emerged the meddling Speaker of the ...
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Customs checks and Brexit

The UK Government has recently been reiterating that customs checks will not be located at or near the North/South Irish border. But the Withdrawal Agreement treaty (Article 184) commits the UK to ...
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Was the Franchise for the EU Referendums in 1975 and 2016 the same?

The details of those allowed to vote in the two EU membership referendums seems slightly different from my reading. 1975 Franchise The right to vote in the referendum was given to those who were ...
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Can Boris Johnson invoke the Civil Contingencies Act to suspend the Benn law?

The Economist lists that among the possibilities of what Johnson might do to avoid asking the EU for an extension past Oct 31: He might invoke an emergency under the Civil Contingencies Act, to ...
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What power does the UK parliament hold over a Prime Minister whom they refuse to remove from power?

I've seen several questions deal with the issues surrounding this issue, but none have tried to tackle this head on. Boris Johnson had a defection within his party over a key Brexit vote. He then ...
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Could the Prime Minister resign on 19th October in order not to ask for an extension to Article 50? [duplicate]

The European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 2) Act 2019 states that the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom must request a Brexit delay no later than 19th October 2019 if certain conditions are not met. If ...
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Why is the UK so keen to remove the “backstop” when their leadership seems to think that no border will be needed in Northern Ireland?

The "backstop" is a part of the Brexit agreement that EU negotiated with British Prime Minister May. It is a fallback option to be enforced only if no solution is found for the border issue between ...
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What does the British parliament hope to achieve by requesting a third Brexit extension?

It appears that the UK will indeed ask for another extension in the Brexit process, as mandated by the Benn act. But what is the purpose of asking for another extension? Does Parliament expect the EU ...
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Has any other act of parliament compelled the Government or PM to take action like the Benn Act does?

The 'Benn Act' compels the Prime Minister to take certain actions by certain dates and times. Has any previous legislation (passed, or otherwise) compelled the government to take action like this? ...
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Could Boris Johnson send the extension to Brussels via a slow route that would not arrive before Oct.31

Could Boris Johnson fulfill his legal duty to send the required extension request to Brussels by posting it via a post/courier that would not arrive before Oct.31. I believe it was a 2 week window ...
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If Boris Johnson announces his resignation on 19 October 2019 what happens?

From this BBC article Could a no-deal Brexit still happen on 31 October? Could the government scrap the law? The bill states that it is the prime minister himself who would have to request an ...
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Why do the British opposition parties not want a new election?

I'm trying to understand why Labour and other parties do not want an election. The bill blocking the no-deal exit on the 31st of October will almost certainly pass today. That means that the no-deal ...
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Why is Brexit considered so bad for the EU?

From a non-British POV, the news about the UK considering leaving EU is almost unanimous about Brexit being bad for the EU. What are the most important reasons why it would hurt the EU? The reasons ...
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What governmental power does the Monarch hold in Great Britain in practice?

We have been led to believe that much of the power that was once held by the monarchy has been transferred to the Parliament and that the Queen is mostly a figurehead. However, the government is still ...
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IRA's approach to Brexit

It is commonly known that nowadays IRA (Irish Republican Army) doesn't pose a big threat for British Government and ceased all hostilities after Good Friday Agreement. I am speaking particularly about ...
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Can the UK veto its own extension request?

Every member of the EU has to agree any extension to article 50. Does this mean the UK PM could (technically) use his vote in the European Council to veto his own request for an extension?
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Can the UK vote against a Brexit extension? [duplicate]

There is a situation now where the British PM may be forced by the U.K. parliament against his will to ask for a Brexit extension past October. I know all the EU countries have to agree to allow an ...
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Can the UK deal selectively with Ireland post-Brexit without falling afoul of WTO rules?

A major obstacle in the Brexit negotiation process currently is the issue of the Irish border. All available options seem insufficient to some or all of the negotating partners, as detailed in this ...
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How does the Privy Council produce advice?

The Meeting of Parliament Act 1797 and the Prorogation Act 1867 both grant the monarch powers "by and with the advice of the Privy Council". What is the process by which the Privy Council decides what ...
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What are the roles of the two Houses of Parliament in the UK?

Why does the UK have two Houses of Parliament - the House of Commons and the House of Lords - and what are the main roles of each?
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What personal decision-making powers does the British monarch retain in practice? [duplicate]

De-jure, the Queen is the supreme ruler of the UK and retains significant decision-making power. But in practice she is obliged to follow the instructions of Parliament and the Prime Minister. ...
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Can the Speaker of the House of Commons return to politics once their tenure as Speaker is over (UK)

My understanding is that once a Speaker retires he is barred for life from returning to partisan politics, as per the following quote from the parliament website "Speakers must be politically ...