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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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What would be the subject of a second Brexit Referendum?

At the moment (Sept. 2018) there's a discussion in the UK whether there should be a "second referendum" on Brexit. In the media there's already a discussion how people would vote. But upon what would ...
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Is there any precedent for the UK arresting a diplomat on their own soil?

As Assange gets citizenship to Ecuador and becomes an official diplomat of the country, I'm wondering if there is any precedent for the UK to arrest him in that capacity for alleged transgressions ...
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Could Westminster block the possibility of a referendum on Scottish independence?

With the recent events of the Brexit, the SNP want another referendum. Is it possible that Westminster would block this possibility? How could Scotland become independent without the approval of ...
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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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What are the limits of parliamentary privilege?

From what I understand, parliamentary privilege affords MPs and Lords freedom of speech without fear of prosecution within their respective Houses of Parliament. I’ve only seen it come up into ...
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Would it be plausible to solve the Irish Border issue by unifying Ireland?

The Irish border seems to be the biggest obstacle to establishing an agreement on Brexit and we've seen considerable talk about hard and soft borders. There are two potential solutions that I have NOT ...
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What would a delayed Brexit mean for the 2019 European Parliament election?

One proposal for the current political situation in the UK regards Brexit is a delay of the Brexit for further discussions/votes/elections/referenda/... But we have the 2019 European Parliament ...
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UKIP: is it real major third party in UK?

Can anyone suggest some reading on what is UKIP? Questions I am looking for to answer: is It real major third party for UK? Is it projected to raise further after last weekend elections? any ...
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After Brexit, can the UK deal with individual countries of the EU?

After Brexit, would the UK be able to do trade deals with individual countries such as Germany, France, etc. without these deals having to be sanctioned by the European Union?
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Could the UK unilaterally “restart the clock” on Brexit?

Assume that: The UK withdraws its Article 50 notice (or purports to do so) as the ECJ says it can. The UK waits for whatever length of time is politically expedient. Optionally, the UK holds a "...
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Is there a precedent indicating what happens when a UK Prime Minister advises a monarch not to give Royal Assent to legislation passed by Parliament?

A report from Buzzfeed claims that Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government is: Exploring what the consequences would be if Johnson advised the Queen not to give royal assent to any legislation ...
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Does “government” mean something different in British and American English?

There's been lots of news in the past couple of days about votes in the UK Parliament regarding Brexit. These reports seem to use the word "government" in a way that I don't understand. For instance, ...
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Why is David Cameron waiting until October to resign?

After the Brexit vote, Cameron announced he would be stepping down in October. Why is he waiting so long? Surely a transition does not take 4 months.
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Why did British Steel have to borrow 120 million pounds (from the government) to cover its ETS obligations?

Can someone clarify why British Steel had to receive a UK government loan for this sum of 120 million pounds? Did British Steel need this money to buy ETS allowances, or were these fines for not ...
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Are there precedents for the EU fining the UK for undervalued Chinese imports?

With all the Brexit talks, this has become a barely noticed case, but it might be relevant for future border relations between UK and EU: Britain faces a potential €2 billion bill from Brussels ...
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Can a General Election be called by a new Prime Minister?

There has been much speculation that an incoming prime minister (be it Gove, May or one of the other candidates) will want to call an early General Election (to establish legitimacy and perhaps to ...
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Can the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act be bypassed by a simple bill?

The Fixed-Term Parliaments Act sets out the conditions for calling a general election, including a two-thirds majority vote in the House for an early general election. But could a bill be presented ...
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What explains the huge difference between UKIP's high-watermark in EU vs UK elections?

On one hand, UKIP came 1st among British parties in the 2014 MEP election with 24 seats, representing 32.9% of British seats. They even came first in the popular vote in that contest with 26.6% of ...
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Pensions of British EU Civil Service in Theresa May's brexit deal

Back in 2016, there was disagreement over who would foot the bill for pensions paid out to British members of EU Civil Service. Normally, they would get their pensions from the EU, but due to brexit ...
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Is there a law that makes a higher than 50% result on referendum binding?

As lots of reports/polls, one here talking about a shift in the general opinion on Brexit, where currently it is speculated that the public are Anti-Brexit, I find it bizarre that the UK decided to ...
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Could the UK Parliament change the rules on prorogation by voting in a new law?

Boris Johnson controversially scheduled a prorogation of 34 days recently, which means that the UK Parliament won't be able to pass new laws at a critical time when the UK is about to leave the ...
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For how long will the UK government / parliament elected on December 12, 2019 remain (not counting other possible non-regular elections)?

For how long will the UK government / parliament elected on December 12, 2019 remain (serve?), if we're not counting any possible new non-regular elections? Put in another way: When will the next ...
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Given the principle of Parliamentary Sovereignty in the United Kingdom, how would the UK go about adopting a written constitutional settlement?

Given the principle of Parliamentary Sovereignty in the United Kingdom, which holds that: Parliamentary sovereignty is a principle of the UK constitution. It makes Parliament the supreme legal ...
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Do smaller parties have front- and backbenchers?

Are MPs belonging to parties that are neither in government, nor in Her Majesty's Most Loyal Opposition, divide their MPs between frontbanchers and backbenchers? Or are essentially all the MPs for ...
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UK Chequers and Facilitated Customs Arrangement

The statement released by the UK Government from Chequers on July 6th 2018 said that a “facilitated customs arrangement” would be implemented to enable tariffs to diverge between the UK and the EU. ...
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Can parliament stop the PM setting a GE date after 31 October?

A bill that's passed both houses then needs Royal Assent from the Queen to pass into law & by constitutional convention the Queen always follows advice of ministers (the PM) on these matters. ...
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How often do local elections take place in England?

Local elections are coming up in England. When I look up Wokingham Borough local election results, it lists results from 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2004, 2003, and 2002. That ...
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What can UK citizens do to replace first past the post with a proportional representation voting system? [closed]

First past the post (FPP) is the voting system that is used in the United Kingdom to elect representatives to its lower house, the House of Commons. Due to FPP's winner-takes-all setup, voters have ...
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Why is the EU wishing to punish the UK instead of listening their detractors and seeking dialogue? [closed]

The European Union has a certain number of flaws, many of which make citizens of member states unhappy. Normally in a democratic system, the majority tries to listen to the minority and do compromises....
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Parliament v. Crown in Parliament v. Queen in Parliament

Please compare contrast all three terms? Pls note the 3 other separate questions below. Anne Dennett. Public Law Directions (1 ed 2019). p 101. It is common ground that the most fundamental ...
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Why does the UK have more political parties than the US?

After reading this article, I got to wondering why the US has 2 viable political parties while the UK appears to have many, even though both use first-past-the-post voting. Across England and Wales,...
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Why are states purportedly performing assassinations with chemical and radioactive weapons?

Purportedly the Russian state assassinated Alexander Litvinenko by poisoning with him with: radioactive polonium-210, believed to have been administered in a cup of tea Alexander Litvinenko: ...
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Why is the British government so determined to arrest Julian Assange?

The UK government has put the Ecuadorian embassy in London on surveillance for years now. AFAIK, Wikileaks has not released any documents damaging to the UK government. Nor has it released any ...
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Why didn't Thatcher give Hong Kong to Taiwan?

So, back in the 80s, the Prime Minister of the UK, Margaret Thatcher, negotiated the "one country, two systems" agreement with the PRC regarding the return on Hong Kong to Chinese rule, as the treaty ...
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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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Why was the Brexit referendum conducted as a simple majority vote?

For votes which can have extremely long-term consequences, (like changing the constitution) a simple majority vote is usually not enough. Such voting and referendums are not about electing a temporary ...
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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 power does the Queen have in the event of a Hung Parliament?

Media reports that Mrs. May (Conservatives) is heading to the Queen soon requesting to form a government, even though her party has no majority. Corbyn & McDonnell (Labour Party) also want to ...
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On what basis is Theresa May triggering Article 50 (Brexit) if the Supreme Court said she couldn't?

Just today (March 21st 2017), the news came out around the web that Theresa May will trigger Article 50 (Brexit) on March 29th: The UK will begin official divorce proceedings with the European ...
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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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Is the UK’s claim over the Chagos Islands valid?

This morning, the UK missed/ignored a 6 month deadline given by the UN to hand over control of the Chagos Islands to Mauritius. The Mauritians say that they were forced to sell the islands in 1965 in ...
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Is there a danger for democracy when a party gains more than half the seats in a parliament?

In the 2015 elections in the UK, the Conservative Party received 330 seats, and the absolute majority because it is more than half of the 650 available seats. This means there was all across the UK ...
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How people in US and UK think about selling weapons to Saudi-Arabia?

US and UK are major suppliers of Saudi-Arabia with weapons. We see that these weapons used to kill innocent people in Yemen (and maybe in other countries by Al-qaeda). But as Philipp's answer ...
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Will English be dropped as an official/working language of the EU after Brexit?

English is currently one of the 24 official languages of the European Union (EU), and one of the three “working” languages alongside French and German. Will the United Kingdom leaving the EU (Brexit) ...
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Has there been any indication at all that further negotiation between the UK and EU is possible?

All but one of the current candidates for the Tory leadership (and this role of Prime Minister of the United Kingdom) are proposing to renegotiate the Withdrawal Agreement between the UK and EU to ...
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How come Lord Buckethead could stand for election pseudonymously?

In the British general election of 2017, "Lord Buckethead" stood in the constituency of Maidenhead. Buckethead is a pseudonym. I understand Buckethead's identity is not public knowledge: Buckethead,...
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If Boris Johnson were prosecuted and convicted of lying about Brexit, can that be used to cancel Brexit?

This question is based on the assumption that Boris Johnson gets prosecuted and found guilty of misleading the public during the EU referendum. Could this be used in court to argue that the results ...
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What are some examples of antisemitism in the Labour Party?

The Labour Party of the United Kingdom has recently come under fire for its new code of conduct, with people accusing them of not acting against antisemitism in the party, but quickly against those ...
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What does it mean to support the brexit deal but need more time to scrutinise it?

Reportedly, the House of Commons has approved a Brexit Deal but at the same time requested more time to scrutinise it, rejecting to pass it through Parliament in three days. I don't understand. How ...
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Will the British Parliament prevent “Brexit”?

So today, the High Court ruled that the Parliament has to approve the British exit of the European Union. From what I see, this is their possibility to prevent Brexit and remain in the European Union -...