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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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Is the PM obligated to answer questions from the House of Commons?

I watched the PM at the dispatch box from start to finish yesterday. He did not answer one question from any opposition MP. Is he, or any other MP (Gove's performance came a close 2nd), required to ...
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Could the Queen overturn the UK Supreme Court ruling regarding prorogation of Parliament? [duplicate]

A couple of days ago, the UK Supreme Court ruled that Boris Johnson's advice to the Queen, which led to the prorogation of Parliament for 5 weeks ahead of the October 31st Brexit date, was unlawful. ...
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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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Why was Labour able to decide its 2019 Brexit policy (re: composite 13) without a counted vote?

In most organizations that hold votes, any controversial or close vote is counted precisely, and only the non-controversial or landslide votes are allowed to be handled by a show of hands or ayes-and-...
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Can UK supreme court justices be evaluated ideologically?

The Guardian's play by play account of today in UK politics notes that Geoffrey Cox has raised the possibility of parliamentary confirmation of judicial appointments, as is done in the US, because of ...
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Could Boris Johnson face criminal charges for illegally proroguing Parliament?

Since the UK Supreme Court has ruled that the proroguing of the UK Parliament was illegal, is Boris Johnson personally culpable? Does this depend on whether the UK Parliament and its democratic ...
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If the Benn Act effectively prevents a no deal exit on October 31st, why delay a general election? [duplicate]

The European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 2) Act 2019 (the "Benn Act") effectively prevents a no-withdrawal-agreement Brexit on October 31st. The Remain side are currently refusing to permit Boris Johnson ...
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Seating in Parliament after withdrawal of Government party whip

At least two of the former members of the Conservative party (Ken Clarke and Dominic Grieve), who had the whip withdrawn following votes against the Government in early September 2019 and who are now ...
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What happens to the Queens Speech now?

Boris Johnson prorogued Parliament from the 9th-12th of September to the 14th of October with the stated intention to have a Queens Speech on the 14th of October and the subsequent opening of a new ...
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What is the legal difference between “Prime Minister” and “First Lord of the Treasury”?

I have heard that an alternative title of "First Lord of the Treasury" should be used rather that "Prime Minister". Is there a difference and do they have specific legal meaning?
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Is there special legislation in EU law to permit free ports?

Is there special legislation in EU law to permit free ports, or are they implicitly permitted on the basis that goods become subject to tariffs as soon as they exit the port into the member state?
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What happens if the Prime Minister breaks the Benn Act law?

The Benn Act (European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 2) Act 2019) makes it a legal requirement for the PM to ask for an extension from the EU if no Withdrawal Agreement is ratified. If the PM simply ...
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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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Was the ruling that prorogation was unlawful only possible because of the creation of a separate supreme court?

So the UK supreme court has just ruled the prorogation of parliament to be unlawful. This court has only existed since 2009, taking on the role as the court of final appeal from the House of Lords. ...
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To what degree did the Supreme Court limit Boris Johnson's ability to prorogue?

From the UK Supreme Court's summary of today's hearing on prorogation of Parliament: The next and final question, therefore, is what the legal effect of that finding is and therefore what remedies ...
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Is there any reason why the Speaker could not be appointed as “caretaker” Prime Minister?

There is a clear majority in the House of Commons in favour of extending Article 50. However were the House to impose a vote of no confidence in the present Prime Minister there is no agreement ...
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Why is the Common Agricultural Policy unfavourable to the UK?

It's often said that the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is disadvantage to Britain, from the Guardian: Britain’s withdrawal from the EU’s common agricultural policy (CAP) provides one of the ...
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What did David Cameron mean by describing his speeches as “Hello birds, Hello trees”?

In the Guardian interview, "'Some people I will never convince': Cameron reflects on his Brexit legacy" by Martin Kettle, it states that David Cameron... ...admits that “some of the early speeches ...
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Why did UK NHS pay for homeopathic treatments?

This Business Insider article argues about homeopathic treatment being virtually banned from using NHS funding: Britain's government health system (NHS) had continued to pay for thousands of ...
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What should you tell to your german Teacher about Brexit in the political subject? [duplicate]

I'm in grade 10 of German School right now and we have a new subject at school named 'Sozialkunde' (also 'Politik und Gesellschaft'), and yet I've never been reading newspapers like for real. I don't ...
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If the EU does not offer an extension to UK's Article 50 invocation, is the Benn Bill irrelevant?

My understanding of the Benn Bill is that it only compels the PM to request an extension and what must be done if an extension is granted. If an extension isn't granted, is it true that neither the ...
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Can the UK parliament legislate on prorogation? [duplicate]

As I understand it, prorogation is a power which can be exercised only by the monarch who must act on whatever advice they receive from the prime minister. With this in mind, is prorogation ...
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Can Northern Ireland's border issue be solved by repartition?

In following the ongoing Brexit drama, it seems everything is resolved except the question of the Norther Irish border, which is very difficult indeed to solve. Idea: draw a new border that splits ...
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Can the government extend the current prorogation?

The Guardian today reported the following on prorogation: Robert Buckland, the justice secretary, refused on Tuesday to rule out a second prorogation as part of No 10’s tactics to achieve a no-deal ...
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Why has the UK has not yet signed a continuity trade agreement with Turkey?

From UNCTAD, as of 3 Sep 2019: Among the countries which currently grant preferences to the EU but for which the UK has not yet reached an agreement to grant continued preferential market access, ...
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Can Brexit be undone in an emergency?

In case Brexit has already happened, can it be reversed after a short time? Legally, the answer is no, I think. But I can imagine a situation where, during the first few days after Brexit, all ...
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Brexit, EU tax evasion regulation, and the City of London

Articles (such as this one published by Foreign Policy and this one by BBC) and documentaries (such as 2017 film "The Spider's Web" described here) detail the history and extent of Britain’s "Empire ...
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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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Why is the UK still pressing on with Brexit?

Before Monday I have always taken an impartial stance when ingesting information produced by clearly pro-Leave and pro-Remain groups, to analyze the information and take time to cross-reference it ...
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Are there international legal underpinnings to the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018?

The European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 encodes the mechanism for UK withdrawal from the EU. But given that it required agreement from the EU (did it), does it also have a treaty component, or ...
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What was redacted in the Yellowhammer report? (Point 15)

The UK government has released a redacted copy of the Yellowhammer report. Leaving aside the legality of it being redacted (Parliament requested full disclosure), are there any indications of what ...
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Is there any indication that the now released 'Operation Yellowhammer' merely a summary?

There has been a lot of talk about 'Operation Yellowhammer'. In January of this year, little was known about it. pjc50 wrote in an answer dated January 2019: (Personally I think it's more likely ...
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What explanation do proponents of a Scotland-NI bridge give for it breaking Brexit impasse?

According to Channel 4: The DUP, the party supporting the Conservatives in Parliament, believes a bridge [between Scotland and Northern Ireland] could break the Brexit impasse by removing the need ...
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What jurisdiction do Scottish courts have over the Westminster parliament?

What jurisdiction do the Scottish courts have to declare the suspension of the Westminster parliament is illegal? Since the Scots and English legal systems are different, and nobody has suspended the ...
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How many royal pardons vs statutory pardons have been granted in the UK in recent times?

Wikipedia says without citing a source: The royal pardon can be contrasted with the statutory pardon, which is a pardon issued through an Act of Parliament or an Order-in-Council. The statutory ...
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Why is it presumed that the EU won't grant an extension even if Johnson doesn't personally ask for it?

There's a lot of brouhaha at the moment about whether or not Johnson would ask for an extension, including speculation on whether or not he will go to jail over his refusal to do so. But why is it ...
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Can Johnson take a gamble: refuse to apply for an extension, go to jail and help the Tories win the election and release him? [closed]

If Johnson refused to apply for an extension and went to jail, he would probably become a "no-deal martyr" for hardline Brexiteers, which would motivate them and increase the chances of no-deal Brexit ...
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Can Boris Johnson request a Brexit extension to November 1st?

The UK Parliament has passed a law mandating that the Prime Minister (currently Boris Johnson) must request an extension to the Brexit deadline by October 19th, unless a 'no-deal Brexit' has been ...
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How likely would it be that the current UK PM could face jail time by refusing to request an extension to article 50 [closed]

Given how adamant the current Prime Minister of the UK is that he will not ask the EU for another extension under any circumstances and that it is now enshrined in law that the PM must seek an ...
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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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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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Is May’s deal still on the table?

These last weeks have been a firework of Brexit news in the UK and among others led to at least one politician (Michael Gove) admitting he would vote for May’s deal if it returned to parliament (I ...
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Honourable versus Right Honourable Members

I heard John Bercow, the current Speaker of the British House of Commons, often talk to "the Honourable and Right Honourable Members of Parliament". Can somebody please explain to me the difference ...
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Why can't (doesn't?) Boris Johnson resign?

Why can't or doesn't Boris Johnson resign? In other parliamentary democracies, when the government loses support in the parliament (losing majority/vote of confidence) they typically resign and the ...
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Exact Brexit date and consequences

If we consider Brexit to take place on 31 October 2019 as planned, does that mean this day would be the last day for the United Kingdom being still part of the EU, or does it mean from that day the UK ...
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Could the government trigger by-elections to regain a majority?

The Conservative government has both had defectors and removed the whip from plenty of candidates in the past weeks. The opposition now has a majority. Since the opposition is stopping the government ...
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How important is the DUP support (at the moment) to the current ruling party in UK?

First of all, my understanding of Brexit has mostly come from reading stackexchange, so I apologize if this is a weird question in anyway I had the understanding that 10 MPs from the Northern ...
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What happens if the UK government refuses to function or carry out its duties?

The timeline of Brexit in recent weeks has involved an attempt to call an early general election by the government, which failed to meet the required two thirds majority of the entire house as set out ...
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Can Boris Johnson prorogue parliament again, after it reconvenes?

Assuming Parliament won't grant on Monday the early general elections that Johnson wants, could he send the Parliament on a much longer vacation using prorogation again? E.g. could he prorogue ...
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For how long could UK opposition parties prevent new elections?

The UK government right now is nowhere close to having the majority of seats. They really need new elections, which at the moment IMO are not in the interest of the opposition. If the government ...