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How are UK devolved nation’s budget deficits funded?

The Scottish Government has tax raising powers and, over the past several years, expanded spending powers too. However, I’m wondering how budget deficits for these devolved administrations are funded. ...
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What (if any) are the legal consequences if the UK government fails to meet carbon budgets?

If the UK's carbon budgets are 'legally binding' as part of the Climate Change Act of 2008, what are the legal consequences for failing to meet them? I'm confused as to what 'legally binding' means in ...
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Why doesn't the UK rescue Nazanin Zaghari? [closed]

Nazanin Zaghari is a dual British-Iranian citizen who has been detained for years because of allegations over plotting to topple the Iranian government. These claims are clearly fictitious, and it's ...
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In what context did Tony Benn say the following?

Apparently, the late Tony Benn, once a Labour MP for Bristol South East and Chesterfield, once said: The way the government treats refugees is very instructive because it shows you how they would ...
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Why hasn't the UK government nationalised the rail service in England?

Four months after Wales nationalised their rail services, Scotland has announced that it will nationalise it's railways, obviously this has been an outcome of the slump in passenger numbers due to the ...
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How can the UK government have spent £37 billion (US $51 billion) on the “Test & Trace System”? [closed]

Whether £37 billion be the amount that has been spent, or simply the Test & Trace budget for the first two years as this site suggests, I find it inconceivable that such amounts are remotely ...
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Are there any countries that the UK now has trade agreements with, that it didn't before it left the EU?

The big rationale touted by those who wanted Britain to leave the EU was that we would be able "to do trade deals around the world". By virtue of our membership of the EU, thanks to its ...
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House of Commons clarification on clapping

From my current understanding, MP's are not allowed to clap in the House of Commons. Instead, they say (or shout) "hear" to express themselves. However, after having watched this video, I've ...
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What obligations exist for Scottish Ministers to report meetings to the civil service?

Yesterday Nicola Sturgeon gave evidence to the committee of the Scottish Parliament examining her involvement in the inquiry into allegations against Alex Salmond. Part of that examination involved ...
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If the UK introduced proportional representation, how likely is it that the Labour Party and/or the Conservative Party would split? [closed]

Obviously both are broad church parties held together by FPTP. Would they split, or perhaps Labour right and Tory left would migrate to the Lib Dems? When PR is introduced in a nation, does it ...
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Why is the House of Lords retained in a modern democracy?

Members of the House of Lords are unelected, hold their position for life, and citizens cannot remove them in any way. Leaving aside the financial aspect in maintaining this institution, the unelected ...
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What does defeat on the Address mean?

What's the "Address"? Queen’s Speech | The Institute for Government It is rare for the government to be defeated on the address in the Commons – as governments usually have a majority in ...
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Can the oath to the monarch be “honestly” removed in the British Parliament

In Britain, members of Parliament must swear an Oath of Allegiance to the Queen (or the current Monarch). Is there a mechanism by which this requirement could be removed? Presumably such a proposition ...
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Did Jackie Weaver have the legal authority to remove the chairman of the parish council during a meeting?

During a meeting of the Handforth parish council on December the 10th seen here, the chairman of the council was removed from a Zoom meeting by the Zoom meeting host. The recording of this meeting has ...
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What happened at the Blackpool Labour Party Conference in 1980?

I came across Thatcher's infamous The Lady's Not For Turning speech at the Tory Party Conference in 1980. She starts and ends her speech with references to the Labour Party Conference that had ...
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How many pro independence Scottish voters are pro EU membership

It seems (to me, from a distance) that the SNP argument for a Scottish independence push is predicated on the idea that an independent Scotland will join the EU. Is there any good quality data ...
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What exactly does the collocation “pull the vote” mean?

Does it mean to give up and not organize the voting? Is there an opposite such as push (for) the vote? (I am an English learner/translator.) This is a context: "A ring-round of Cabinet on Friday ...
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Why doesn't the UK Labour Party push for proportional representation?

There is a consistent majority for liberal (progressive) parties in the UK, but they regularly cannibalise each other in the first-past-the-post voting system (see Wikipedia for details). The last ...
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Current status of a prospective 2017 EU fining of the UK for allowing undervalued Chinese imports

According to Politico in 2017: Britain faces a potential €2 billion bill from Brussels after EU investigators found that U.K. authorities turned a blind eye to a massive fraud network that allowed ...
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How big is this customs-clearing fee that packages from the UK to the EU incur? [closed]

The BBC has an article that lots of Germans are apparently refusing to accept packages they ordered from the UK once they are presented with the new customs clearing form/fee. Since 1 January, lots ...
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What powers do British constituency presiding officers have during elections?

I've been following a lot over the past several months, how US elections are conducted and the steps that are taken between an election and a new President being sworn in. Particularly, how the states ...
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What's the deal with the Irish border now, exactly?

I've read a couple of BBC articles on that (this and this one) but still don't have a clear picture of what the arrangement is. In the last weeks of 2020, I was a bit bewildered that all they talked ...
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Is regular Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs) something unique to the Westminister system?

I've noticed that Prime Ministers in Westminister systems (i.e. United Kingdom, Scotland, Wales, Australia, New Zealand, etc.) are expected to answer questions in Parliament on a regular basis. This ...
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Are there any polls on the acceptance of the “Irish Sea border” in the UK?

I'm venturing a guess that a symbol that may constitute a rallying cry for hardcore Brexiteers is going to be the "Irish Sea border" which is already making its (still subdued) appearance as ...
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The EU-Uk trade deal ratification by national parliaments

What would follow if any of the national parliaments refused to ratify the EU-UK trade agreement?
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To what extent are financial services in this last Brexit deal (trade agreement)?

I've read two somewhat conflicting accounts from the BBC on this. On one hand: [Boris Johnson] acknowledged he had been forced to give ground on his demands on fishing. "The EU began with I ...
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Have issues surrounding the Northern Ireland border been resolved?

The border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland was one of the thorny issues that plagued the initial stages of Brexit negotiations. During Prime Minister Theresa May's tenure, the ...
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Why do UK politicians use pauses between words when giving a speech? [closed]

As the question states, is there a particular reason why politicians (news reporters also) in the UK tend to present their speeches with intermittent pauses between words. Also the general speech pace ...
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Would France and other EU countries have been able to block freight traffic from the UK if the UK was still in the EU?

There are currently lorries queueing in their thousands in the south east of England as France has closed its border due to the fear of spreading the mutated strain of COVID-19. If the UK was still in ...
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Why did Labour lose the 2019 election?

Please tell me exactly why Labour lost the 2019 election. I heard it was because their program was too leftish that time. Now I've read this passage on Wikipedia: In June 2020, the Labour Together ...
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Channel Islands Equivalence in Financial Services

The Channel Islands are not 'in' the EU Single Market, but have a close relationship with it; this is particularly true in Financial Services, where they have a wide-ranging Equivalence agreement. ...
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Why don't the UK and EU agree to fish only in their territorial waters?

In following the ongoing Brexit negotiations, I notice that fishing rights in UK waters is a sticking point, e.g. But the two sides have yet to narrow gaps on two of the thorniest issues: fishing ...
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Is there still a way to avoid a hard Brexit on January first that does not require agreement of all individual EU members?

Brexit negotiations are still ongoing although the UK is scheduled to leave the EU on the 31st of December. As I understand it there are essentially three options. Some kind of trade deal is agreed, ...
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What is Boris Johnson carrying?

This is a cropped photo from a recent article ("In Last-Ditch Bid for Brexit Deal, Leaders’ Theatrics Show the Stakes", NY Times): I think I've seen similar past photos of the PM or other ...
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What was the relative importance of EU regulations as a reason for Brexit?

In the National Review article, Only the Supreme Court Can Effectively Restrain the Administrative State, December 1, 2020, there is a sentence, emboldened below, If the administrative state ...
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Are Members of Scottish and Welsh Parliaments called “Honourable”?

Members of Parliament in the House of Commons are referred to as "Honourable" or "Right Honourable". I understand why some members are Honourable and others Right Honourable. Does ...
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How does the UK manage to transition leadership so quickly compared to the USA?

I appreciate that the USA has a larger population and more layers to it system of governance, but I don't understand how the UK can transition between governments practically overnight and the USA ...
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Could the leaving of pro-brexit advisors be a prelude to the UK remaining in the EU? [closed]

There are people who were influential in attempting to make the UK leave the EU. Some of them have gone. Some of them were significant influences. Now that Nigel Farage and Dominic Cummings (BBC link) ...
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Why is vote counting made so laborious in the US?

At the UK General Election in 2015, the constituency of Houghton & Sunderland South, declared its result in under 49 minutes, from close of polling.   Polling stations at UK parliamentary ...
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Post-Brexit Fisheries deal [closed]

While progress has been made in many areas of the Brexit negotiations, Fisheries and the Level-playing-field continue to be sticking points. In particular, the EU has so far rejected a Norway-style ...
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Brexit Timeline as of November 2020

Boris Johnson's October 15th deadline for negotiations was somewhat artificial, but it represented the real need to have any post-Brexit trade deal negotiated, signed, and ratified by the end of the ...
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Would the rest of the UK lose anything more than honor if Scotland exits the UK?

The nations of the UK are independent nations that share resources with each other, and sometimes a feeling of oneness and fraternity is seen among the good people of that land. Emotions are ...
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Why is a second Scottish referendum proposed?

Majority of the people voted to stay together in the 2014 referendum. Why is a second referendum proposed? Does it have something to do with Brexit? Thanks
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Are there any tangible advantages for a country to be a Commonwealth realm?

For bigger and wealthier Commonwealth realms, it is not much of a problem to host the monarch for a week. Howsoever meagre it may be, the nation still has to pay respect to their Queen, host her, and ...
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Why does the Govt of the UK think that they should not deport the former PM of Pakistan?

Govt again requests UK govt to deport Nawaz Will talk to British PM to bring back Nawaz Sharif The above link says, the Govt of Pakistan made the 3rd request to the Govt of the UK to deport the ...
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How much is the USA dependent on British and French support in international relations?

I know the relationship is mutually beneficial. But, I am trying to understand the depth of relations between the UK-France with the USA. Can the USA function as smoothly as it is functioning in the ...
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Conservative Party UK - House building paradox

The Conservative party in the UK are supposedly the party of free markets and yet, when it comes to housing, they seem comfortable declaring that they (the government) will build X thousand new homes ...
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In the UK, what is the meaning of declaring something a “public health emergency”?

On September 29th, SNP MP Tommy Sheppard presented a 10 Minute Rule bill in the House of Commons which, according to Sheppard, "aims to help tackle the drug crisis by decriminalising the ...
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Why is it possible for influential foreigners to commit frauds in their respective countries, flee to London, and live there safely for years?

Let us look at the following links: India's most wanted man Nirav Modi - accused of £1.5bn fraud - living openly in London Naresh Goyal deplaning: From Nirav to Mallya, why Indian businessmen flee to ...
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How much interaction does a Prime Minister have with their constituency?

In the UK, a Prime Minister must be both the leader of their party and a Member of Parliament, at least generally speaking (this rule has never been broken to any notable degree). So, I would naively ...

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