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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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Has there been a significant difference in sympathy for Israel between the public in Ireland and in the UK?

There's fairly lengthy article in Foreign Policy that attempts to explain why the Irish have been supportive of the Palestinian cause, actually its champions in Europe according to that article. The ...
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Can the opposition parties do anything within the timelimit if the PM refuses to ask the EU for an extension?

It's been noted on this site that even if Parliament passes an extension, Parliament can't ask the EU for an extension directly themselves, that the law covering withholding the asking of Royal Assent ...
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What's the procedure of the Tory party if the Prime Minister lost his seat in the upcoming UK general election?

It is quite possible that Mr Johnson loses his seat in the upcoming general election, while the Conservative party gains a majority. Does the Conservative party have official procedures for what ...
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Who will lead the country until there is a new Tory leader?

Theresa May has just announced that she will resign as Prime Minister on 7th June. It has also been announced that the new Tory Leader will not be chosen until mid-July. (This is to account for all ...
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Can members of nobility get elected to the House of Commons in theory and practice?

Are there any restrictions, legal or social, on nobility being members of the House of Commons in the United Kingdom? The section on qualifications mentions that sitting members of the House of Lords ...
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Will there be a border between Ireland and the UK if they can't agree on a deal?

Please help me understand this. Some brexiteer colleagues say it won't be a border, because of the Good Friday Agreement but WTO rules mean there must be a border. Will the UK then decide to break WTO ...
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How can a minister stop a bill's progress?

I came across this tweet by BBC political correspondent Ross Hawkins: FWIW wise hand says govt can’t ‘pull’ a bill. They can leave it in a sort of suspended parliamentary animation, they say, by ...
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Trade Agreements Approval Process EU vs UK

According to The Trade Justice Movement, the UK's current trade negotiation legislation (which hasn't been relevant for some time) means that only government approval (that is the executive) is ...
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Can legal action prevent the PM proroguing Parliament?

What legal measures can be used to prevent the Prime Minister proroguing Parliament? Both Gina Miller and John Major have threatened to use legal means to block proroguing, but have not elaborated on ...
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Can Sinn Fein join a minority coalition in a no-confidence vote?

I'm just wondering if Sinn Fein having a stated boycott, can enter parliament in a vote of no confidence. It seems to be otherwise consistent with their message. Perpetual no-confidence.
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Is the Heathrow expansion decision conditional upon private parties finding financing?

The UK House of Commons voted on approving Heathrow expansion, or at least, that's how it is described in the media. At closer scrutiny, however, it looks like the vote is just about a government ...
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What is the rationale for allowing Irish and Commonwealth citizens to vote in general elections?

To vote at the UK general election you must be (among other things): be a British, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth citizen be resident at an address in the UK (or a UK citizen living abroad ...
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Is exit-polling more accurate than pre-election polling?

It has been claimed so in a comment which cites a FT article that I can't read (right now). Presumably the topic is interesting enough to have been discussed elsewhere. I'm mainly interested in the ...
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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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What are the differences independent and party-affiliated MPs and candidates?

What rights/privilege, duties and handicaps do UK MPs and parliamentary election candidates who are affiliated with parties (Conservative, Labor, Liberal-Democrat etc.) have, which independent MPs and ...
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Why is the magnitude of the UK/EU divorce bill not contingent on a deal?

The £39 billion “divorce bill” is payment for commitments previously made up until the end of the current Multiannual Framework. If the Transition Period keeps the UK as full-paying members (albeit ...
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Can a Prime Minister be appointed if they do not have a seat in the Parliament?

On December 12, 2019, UK will hold a general election. As stated in Wikipedia's 2019 United Kingdom general election: The election is to be contested under the same boundaries for 650 ...
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Was parliamentary ratification of trade treaties necessary in the UK (before joining the EU)?

The royal prerogative seems to be the source of UK's government's power to conduct foreign affairs. But does it completely cover trade treaties, i.e. before joining the EU was parliamentary ...
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Was the referendum on the Good Friday Agreement called “confirmatory” at the time?

In the context of a 2nd Brexit referendum discussion Peter Kyle Labour, Hove Last week, 268 Members voted for the principle of a confirmatory ballot—the largest number of votes for any ...
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Do any countries use a codified version of the “matter of confidence” of (former) UK tradition?

By tradition that appears to be in question now there used to be case in the UK that governments could designate a particular vote as being a ‘matter of confidence’ – which means they would ...
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What can UK citizens do to replace the first-past-the-post voting system with a proportional representation voting system? [duplicate]

The United Kingdom uses the first-past-the-post (FPP) voting system for its general elections, which ensures that, election after election, the Conservative party or Labour party leads the government, ...
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Is there a minimum time frame that a Prime Minister may set an early election for?

I know that the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 says that Early elections can be held only: if a motion for an early general election is agreed either by at least two-thirds of the whole ...
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What reasons did the DUP have to oppose the Good Friday Agreement and do those reasons still apply?

According to a recent BBC History article the DUP was opposed to the Good Friday Agreement, quoting that article: In Northern Ireland, campaigning was fierce as DUP leader Ian Paisley urged a 'No' ...
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Any survey-based analyses of “why you voted that way” for the 2017 UK election results?

Were there some surveys conducted in the aftermath of the 2017 UK election (or even right before) that tried to find out what were the main issues that voters had on their mind in making their choice? ...
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Where can I find the full text of the Brady amendment voted by the UK House of Commons on 29 Jan 2019?

I know the House of Commons website has the text of bills, but this is an amendment to a statement, so I can't for the life of me find it; any help much appreciated! :)
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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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What is the practical implication of the Dec 2018 Fisheries bill amendment?

I'm trying to figure out if the UK 2018 Fisheries bill amendment (if it even exists) has any practical implications for quotas or is basically declarative. As reported in the Express: The ...
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What would happen if commons and lords votes on bills were made anonymous? [closed]

In the UK and other countries it is the job of the party whip to ensure that MPs vote on bills in line with party policy. This effectively means the majority party leadership decide which bills become ...
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Did the EU agree to a customs union without freedom of movement in the latest Brexit deal?

The Economist has published a convenient chart explaining the "final" Brexit deal: Does this essentially mean that the EU has agreed to a full customs union without freedom of workers movement? Or ...
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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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The backstop in the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill

If I understand correctly there are two parts to the backstop in the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill. First, if the future relationship has not been agreed before December 2020 then “...
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Advantages of Norway plus Brexit deal (aka Common Market 2.0)?

In seems that the Norway plus proposal for Brexit is back, now called Common Market 2.0. To me, this appears to be a typical example of a bad compromise: Compared to remain, the main difference seems ...
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When is the deadline for candidacies for Parliament for the UK election this year?

In the context of Nigel Farage threatening to contest or not some seats, when is the deadline for the candidacies for seats to be announced?
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What happens if the UK Prime Minister resigns?

If the Prime Minister resigns, who becomes the Prime Minister and how are they selected? Also can the UK not have a Prime Minister?
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What's Common Market 2.0 / Norway Plus?

The UK's Labor Party announced about an hour ago that it would get behind the Common Market 2.0 / Norway Plus option that should (will?) get voted on later this evening as part of the Commons' ...
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Can a party form a coalition with BOTH Labour and Conservatives in parallel? If so, who wins?

Obviously, this is unlikely in practical political reality, but in terms of the rules and norms for UK Parlament, can the following scenario occur and if so, what happens? Labour has 324 seats (short ...
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Would it be accurate to draw a similarity between the role of MP and a Company Director? [closed]

Would it be accurate to draw a similarity between the role of MP accountable to the electorate and a Company Director accountable to shareholders?

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