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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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Post-brexit Euro-related activity

The EU has said that for post-Brexit trade in services, including Financial Services, such activity can only be performed using the Third-country protocol of 'equivalence'. But then they go on to say ...
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Punishments for Low-level Sexual Harrassment [closed]

For too long, people in Countries like UK and USA have committed low-level Sexual Harrassment and got away with a sanction which merely amounts to just a 'slap on the wrist'. For offenses commited ...
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Trading on WTO Rules

Many Countries are a member of some Regional Trading Organization, which facilitates trade within a particular continent, or have bilateral trade deals with other Countries. Are there any examples of ...
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What happens if the UK government loses your only Hong Kong BN(O) passport? [migrated]

Some Hong Kong friends asked me this today and I have no clue. Hypothecate you're Hong Konger. You've hung on to your just 1 BN(O) passport, now expired, that you never renewed. Now you want to renew ...
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Have any polls surveyed the opinion of Brexit supporters on the recent decision on Hong Kong BN(O) passport holders?

On July 1st, the UK Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, & Home Secretary, Priti Patel, announced that a 'path to full British citizenship' would be opened to Hong Kong British National (Overseas) ...
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Why are there currently only 25 Lords Spiritual?

According to the Parliament.UK website, 26 bishops are granted places in the House of Lords. The membership of the House of Lords includes 26 Church of England Archbishops and Bishops who sit on an ...
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Does statutory recognition of the Sewel Convention warn against codifying conventions?

As amended by the Scotland Act 2016, section 28(8) of the Scotland Act 1998 states: But it is recognised that the Parliament of the United Kingdom will not normally legislate with regard to devolved ...
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Does statutory recognition weaken Sewel Convention’s efficacy in limiting the UK Parliament's power?

As amended by the Scotland Act 2016, section 28(8) of the Scotland Act 1998 states: But it is recognised that the Parliament of the United Kingdom will not normally legislate with regard to devolved ...
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How central are referendums to the UK constitution?

I can't remember the link, but someone on Quora typed Referendums are now a central part of the UK constitution. Voters in the UK have spoken, and they will speak again. How true is this? What ...
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What led the UK Government to switch to a decentralised COVID-19 contact-tracing app?

It was reported in late March that the NHS had been developing a contact-tracing app with an Oxford-based team since mid-January, encouraged by the success of a similar app in China. The app, ...
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Implications of Brexit Political Declaration

There is some debate as to whether or not the UK has a mandatory obligation to apply EU rules in Domestic activites beyond 2020, irrespective of what Brexit (Trade) Deal is negotiated. The Political ...
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Did the EU PPE Scheme deliver anything?

Towards the end of April 2020, there was significant criticism of the UK government for not joining an EU wide procurement scheme for PPE equipment. Guardian 22nd April Statements from around the same ...
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What are the benefits of joining CPTPP over conducting FTAs with the individual members?

On June 17th, the UK Government formally announced its intention to pursue membership of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), following repeated ...
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What does the Economist mean by “liberal graduates, conservative school-leavers”?

In an article in The Economist titled: Return of the paranoid style - Fake news is fooling more conservatives than liberals. Why?, the author states: Conservatives’ complaints that elites are not on ...
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What's the history of the general public preventing prosecutions?

this is my first question on this site, so please forgive if it's misused. You may know that a few days ago a protest in Bristol, UK, ended up with people bringing down a statue of Colston, a ...
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How has the Scottish Government's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic differed from that of the UK Government?

As healthcare is a devolved matter in the UK, the Scottish government is broadly responsible for the Scottish response to the pandemic, while the UK government is chiefly responsible for the response ...
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What is the rationale behind waiting until after the first peak of COVID-19 infections to impose quarantine measures on incoming travellers?

From June 8th 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, travellers to the UK, including UK residents, must self-isolate for 14 days by law. If you arrive in the UK on or after 8 June 2020, you will not ...
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Is Biden more apt to press for harder terms and/or the renegotiation of the post-Brexit UK–US trade deal if he wins the Presidency?

I was listening to LBC earlier when I noted both this question and the statement on air regarding Brexit policies and Trump. In essence, Trump has clearly come out as a pro-Brexit person and promised '...
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Have any local/national authorities conducted official reviews of historical landmarks?

Following the toppling of the Edward Colston statue in Bristol on June 7th, the renewed support for the "Rhodes must fall" campaign, targeting predominantly the statue of Cecil Rhodes at ...
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What previous actions had been taken by Bristol city council regarding the statue of Edward Colston?

During the George Floyd protests in Bristol on June 7th, a statue of Edward Colston was pulled down and thrown into the city harbour by demonstrators. According to the BBC: Earlier in the day, in ...
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Are there full details on why the UK Government has stopped reporting how many people have been tested for COVID-19?

As far as I can tell, the last daily update from the Department of Health and Social Care on the pandemic which included figures on how many people have been tested for COVID-19 took place on May 22nd....
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What is preventing the UK and the EU from progressing in the talks on post-Brexit trade?

Speaking on June 5th 2020, at the end of the fourth round of talks on post-Brexit trade, EU Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier said: Ladies and Gentlemen, to be clear, our lack of progress in this ...
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What is the Queen of the United Kingdom's “Official” Birthday?

Today on bbc.com/news I found this article about the queen making her first public appearance since coronavirus: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-52869709 The monarch spent her birthday on 21 April in ...
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How did the UK executive become more powerful after the 1960s?

I rectified YouTube's automated transcript of former UKSC President Lord Neuberger's speech starting at 7:44. I would've surmised that the UK's parliamentary sovereignty empowered British laypeople ...
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Was the scene depicting a Commons vote won by 3/4 of a vote real in “This House”?

"This House" features a scene where a vote in the Commons is practically tied, but then the Speaker decides that one of the parties' case is stronger and says that they win by 3/4 of a vote. I've not ...
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Why would a grant of British citizenship to Hong Kongers be a treaty violation?

Given the recent political situation, there has been renewed interest in opening a path to citizenship for British Nationals (Overseas). The BN(O) status was conferred on some former BDTCs (...
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How long has it taken each Prime Minister to appear in front of the Commons Liaison Committee?

On May 27th, Boris Johnson appeared before the Commons Liaison Committee, a Select Committee made up of the chairs of the other Select Committees. The UK parliament website describes the committee's ...
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Which Tory MPs have called for Dominic Cummings' resignation?

The BBC is reporting that over 35 Conservative MPs have now called on Boris Johnson's chief adviser, Dominic Cummings, to resign after his Monday statement defending his travel to Durham during the ...
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Why have the British government done less than the US government in terms of monitoring Hong Kong's situation?

For the past year the US government have (strongly) spoken out against the influence of the Chinese Communist Party on Hong Kong, and have made into law the Human Rights and Democracy Act which allows ...
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Has Johnson's spokesman explained why he believes the Arcuri investigation was “a waste of police time”?

A report by the Independent Office for Police Conduct has found no evidence that Boris Johnson's relationship with Jennifer Arcuri caused him to influence the payment of any sponsorship monies to Ms ...
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Does Statute of Westminster 1931 prove the UK electorate and Parliament aren't sovereign in this instance?

Doesn't Statute of Westminster 1931 violate Parliamentary Sovereignty (adduced below)? and discredit Dicey's two assumptions that the UK electorate is the political sovereign, and its political ...
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Is the UK electorate “the true political sovereign”? Does it have “ultimate supremacy”?

I stumbled on this question that posted a bounty and received much attention here. But are Dicey's two implicit assumptions true, that the UK electorate are the true political sovereign UK electorate'...
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Barring 1784, when has UK Parliament's legal sovereignty over-ridden the electorate's political sovereignty?

An Introduction to the Study of the Law of the Constitution was first published in 1885, but I quote the 1915 8 edn. p. 250 of this transcribed online PDF. Here's scan of original. Barring Pitt in ...
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Why does the UK government write off student loan debt after 30 years?

In the UK, if you haven't paid back student loans within 30 years they are written off. Why would the government institute such a policy? As far as I can see, it results in most people not paying back ...
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In 2020, are Constitutional Conventions “rules meant to ensure the ultimate supremacy of the […] electoral body”?

Dicey first wrote that Constitutional Conventions (CC for short) are "rules meant to ensure the ultimate supremacy of the true political sovereign, or, in other words, of the electoral body" in 1885. ...
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How would Iran have benefited from interference in the 2014 Scottish independence referendum? [closed]

At the end of April, Facebook published a report detailing over 50 networks which were removed from the platform due to 'coordinated inauthentic behavior' (CIB). In particular, over 500 pages, groups, ...
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Why has trust in the written press fallen so dramatically in the UK?

According to the new 'Trust in Media' report (requires free registration to view) published at the end of April by the European Broadcasting Union, the UK has the lowest level of net trust in the ...
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What is the procedure for calling a recount in a General Election?

In 2017, the constituency of North East Fife underwent three recounts, eventually leading to the SNP candidate being elected with a majority of just two votes. The initial result would have seen the ...
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What's the difference between Unionists and Loyalists in Northern Ireland?

As I understand it, both groups advocate for the United Kingdom's retention of the six Ulster counties. What I'm struggling to determine, however, is the difference between these two groups/ideologies....
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Do MPs participating in the House of Commons virtually benefit from Parliamentary Privilege?

Parliamentary privilege refers to the lack of restrictions on what MPs and Lords can say in their respective Houses in Parliament; it grants them immunity from prosecution relating to statements made ...
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What are the UK Government's arguments against extending the Brexit transition period?

According to an article published today (April 22nd), as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, several top members of the civil service are appealing to the UK Government to extend the current Brexit ...
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When was the last time the deputising convention in Prime Minister's Questions was broken?

The BBC reports that later today, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab will face Sir Keir Starmer in the first Prime Minister's Questions since the latter became the new Labour party leader. The Foreign ...
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Has a tied vote ever happened in a UK Parliamentary election?

I'm aware that if a vote is tied in an election, then a tie-breaker is conducted which leaves the result to chance. As far as I know in recent years this has only occurred in local council elections; ...
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Can members of the public attend UK General Election ballot counts?

Coverage of UK election nights is usually interspersed with footage of ballot counts, along with the result declarations in individual constituencies. The image below shows an example of one of these ...
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Has the Labour Party introduced limited liability for its senior officials since 2008?

On Sunday, April 19th, the Jewish Chronicle posted an article which stated that, due to lawsuits relating to breach of confidence, invasion of privacy, and libel claims as a result of the leaked ...
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Is it normal for the Prime Minister to be absent from Cobra meetings?

On April 19th, the Sunday Times accused Boris Johnson of missing five meetings of Cobra, the national crisis committee: Unusually, Boris Johnson had been absent from Cobra. The committee — which ...
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How common is it for the UK Government to publish official rebuttals of media claims?

Today, the Cabinet Office published a press release entitled Response to FT article and Twitter thread by Peter Foster. It begins: An article in FT Weekend on 18 April 2020, ‘Muddled thinking ...
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Is the UK reporting (extra) deaths in care homes now as related to Covid-19?

After some scandals, e.g. France started to report some deaths in "ESMS" (which includes nursing homes) as probably being related to Covid-19. [Reuters, Apr. 4] Following criticism about ...
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Has the membership of SAGE during the COVID-19 pandemic been published?

SAGE is the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, a key body which advises the UK government on its approach to emergencies. Its membership is not fixed, the gov.uk website linked above states: ...
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How were the UK's five lockdown tests drawn up?

In today's COVID-19 pandemic briefing, Business Secretary Alok Sharma described five tests which would inform the government's relaxation of the lockdown rules: there are 5 tests that must be ...

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