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Can the UK parliament just declare Rwanda a safe-country for asylum purposes?

Earlier today (15 Nov 2023) a UK Supreme Court ruling declared that the government policy of relocating asylum seekers to Rwanda was not permissible, due to the risk of relocation back to the ...
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When was the last/prior time a former PM served in another (non-PM) position in the UK government?

CNN: Sunak then announced he was bringing Cameron back to frontline politics as foreign secretary, in a stunning move that has few parallels in recent British political history. Cameron served as ...
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Why does the UK compete in sports sometimes as "GBR" and sometimes as each of its individual nations? [duplicate]

In football and some other sports England, Wales, NI and Scotland compete as one independent country but at olympics, saling, skiing etc compete as "GBR" What is reason for that? UK has just ...
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Has UK common budget or every country has its own?

How financial system works in UK? Must England, Scotland, Wales and North Ireland, fill the common budget or every country is completely independent, "keep" his money/profit for itself? Does ...
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Have the UK government explained exactly why a march for peace in Gaza on Armistice Day would be disrespectful?

It is reported that various members of the UK government consider a march calling for peace in Gaza planned in London on Saturday 11 November disrespectful. However, while there are multiple quotes ...
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Why do you need to get court records transcribed to find out what was said?

It is in the news that it is very expensive for victims to access transcriptions of court proceedings of which they were present. For example one rape survivor said she was quoted £7,500 for the ...
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In what sense did the English Channel migration crisis begin “nearly five years ago”?

According to this article, Meanwhile, ministers are understood to believe they have finally turned a corner on the number of migrants crossing the Channel, nearly five years after the crisis began. ...
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How many MPs have lost their seat in an election and subsequently been promoted to the House of Lords?

According to the electoral reform society Nearly 1/3 of current members of the House of Lords were politicians before their elevation. In the current House of Lords, 29 percent of peers were ...
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What were the postal vote figures in the 2023 Tamworth UK by-election?

What were the postal vote figures in the 2023 Tamworth UK by-election? I have looked in many places online and could not find them (if they were published)
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Could the UK government be prosecuted for their role in aiding and abetting war crimes in Gaza?

Just came across this: Prime Minister warned of intention to prosecute UK government officials for complicity in war crimes in Gaza I don't want to rely solely on what they say on their page to assess ...
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What evidence is there to show that the UK has become more polarised in recent years?

Anecdotally, I have found it to be taken as a given that currently, the UK is in one of its most politically polarised times; whether that is from newspapers, or from the opinion of my social circle. ...
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UK budget and the financial services industry

A few days ago the BBC reported https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-66897881 on the disastrous mini budget of the Kwarteng/Truss era, and included this: Economically, the UK has long enjoyed a ...
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By which reasoning is Birmingham "the largest local authority in Europe"?

In recent reports, the BBC has used this superlative in relation to the City of Birmingham multiple times: The largest local authority in Europe is to halt all spending other than services it must ...
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Why didn’t the UK reduce their yearly immigration despite leaving the EU?

Previously it seemed like wanting to cut down migration was a cornerstone argument for Brexit to happen. But despite the UK fully leaving the EU and the Conservative Party still being in power, the UK ...
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A comparison on UK and Japan cost of living

Both are Island countries, the UK's cost of living is 63.6, and Japan cost of living is 54.3 (reference). Yet Japan has a higher quality of life index. Why UK have that additional 10~ cost of living ...
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How and why has the UK been arresting anti-monarchy protestors?

The UK police have been arresting protesters for being anti-monarchy in public. What I want to know is: HOW: Can the UK justify these arrests within their own laws? Have they tried to? WHY: Has there ...
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When did a Prime Minister last miss two, consecutive Prime Minister's Questions?

Rishi Sunak was criticised at the Liaison Committee for his plans to miss two consecutive Prime Minister's Questions sessions in Parliament: Sir Chris Bryant: Remind us when a Prime Minister last ...
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Have Prime Ministers ever removed people from Honours Lists

PMQs again see Rishi Sunak pushed on the state of Johnson's resignation honours list and why he is allowing Johnson's nominations to the Lord's to go forward. https://twitter.com/Haggis_UK/status/...
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If Boris Johnson returns as an MP, would he have to serve the 90-day suspension for lying to Parliament?

Parliament has accepted the partygate report, which investigated whether Boris Johnson misled parliament. The report recommended a 90-day suspension and that he should be denied a former member's pass ...
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Have Jonathan Pie's "allegations" been supported by the Privileges Committee report? "he lied, and did it again by denying that he’d previously lied"

The Evening Standard's June 20, 2023 MPs overwhelmingly back report finding Boris Johnson deliberately misled Parliament over Partygate begins: MPs voted by 354 to seven to accept a report finding ...
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Boris Johnson Partygate Report: What are the possible consequences for Johnson?

As I type this, the debate is ongoing over Boris Johnson, deciding whether or not to accept the Partygate report's findings. The report suggests a 90-day suspension, possibly triggering a by-election, ...
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Given the typical pace of Parliament, what is roughly the earliest one could see the renters reform bill becoming law? [closed]

How long does it take for such a Bill to make it through Parliament and gain parliamentary assent?
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Why do immigrants want to come to the UK when its cost of living is so high? [closed]

As a working visa holder, I realize that the cost of living in the UK is horrifying. A British whole breakfast that would cost only £3 in Asia costs £10 in the UK. Public transport wise, it only cost ...
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Why does England not have its own government?

There is the Welsh Government, The Northern Ireland Assembly, and The Scottish Government. All those countries are also under the Westminster government. Why does England not have its own devolved ...
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What is the logic of allowing animal testing for cosmetics regarding the safety of workers but not the safety of customers?

25 years ago in response to public pressure concerning animal welfare in the cosmetics industry a ban on cosmetic testing on animals was introduced. The text of that motion: That this House welcomes ...
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UK allegiance oath - Is there a secular alternative?

It has been proposed that at the Coronation, the "general public" will be "invited" to swear an oath which takes the form "I swear that I will pay true allegiance to your ...
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Why is it so difficult to deal with cold calling? [closed]

It is in the news that the UK government is making a significant investment in "a clampdown on the use of cold calls to sell financial products". This involves significant investment in ...
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How does the logic work for no prosecution exceptions to the right to not self incriminate in the presence of different jurisdictions?

In many democratic countries there is some sort of a right for an accused to not have to answer police questions to prevent people being forced to incriminate themselves. In the USA this is in the ...
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Will we know after the election how many people are denied a vote because of the new ID rules?

In the UK on Thursday 4 May 2023, local elections are taking place across England. To vote at a polling station, you will need to bring photo ID. This is a new law introduced by the current ...
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Why does British Humanist Association advocate for abortion rights? [closed]

When going over the website of the Humanists.UK I discovered that this organization advocates for extended abortion rights. This looks to me highly counterintuitive. I was always convinced that a ...
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Is the Alternative Payment Arrangements, Managed Payment To Landlord supposed to be a way to garnish a claimants benefits without consent?

It is in the news that someone died and was not found for years. She was not found when the rent stopped being paid because of the Alternative Payment Arrangements, Managed Payment To Landlord scheme:...
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Are the UK, Germany and USA not concerned about their (donated) tanks being captured and researched by Russia?

It has been well established that several NATO countries are donating armoured vehicles (and training crews) to Ukraine. Some of the more notable vehicles that are being delivered include the American ...
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How can central government intervene when a council declares itself bankrupt?

As quoted by the Guardian and a local news website, Woking borough council is on the verge of bankruptcy (due to failed investments and financial mismanagement.) To put in context how much debt the ...
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Time Limitation for matters before the UK committee of privileges

can a matter before the committee of privileges in one parliamentary term move into a new parliamentary term?
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Can the monarch prevent any Commonwealth realm from declaring war or launching a sanctioned military attack?

The USA requires that the president orders a (lawful) nuclear strike. The United Kingdom requires that the Prime Minister orders a (lawful) nuclear strike, although the Chief of the Defence Staff ...
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Why did Parliament set out a tribunal procedure for RROs and for recovery of prohibited payments but not for deposit protection claims?

Tenant fees act 2019 allows for recovery of prohibited payments in the relatively accessible and informal tribunal setting. Housing Act 2004 also sets out the RRO procedure in the same accessible ...
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The Pitcairn Islands (pop. 50) are on the UN list of non-self governing nations. Does the UN have a proposal for the ultimate status of that "nation"?

The Pitcairns Islands are listed on the UN list of non-self governing territories. Unlike all the other entries which might theoretically function as an independent state, the Pitcairn Islands have a ...
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Has the British Government acted illegally in revoking Shamima Begum's citizenship? [closed]

Under international law, it is illegal to revoke a citizen's citizenship leaving them stateless. The British government, after a journalist discovered Shamima Begum, a British citizen, in a refugee ...
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Why won't countries ban media companies that leak their own intelligence?

https://thegrayzone.com/2022/06/07/paul-masons-covert-intelligence-grayzone/ This makes me believe the work should be done by white label organizations operating with firm infosec - Signal/ProtonMail,...
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Is UK vaccine rollout really a Brexit benefit?

I heard multiple times from different UK government officials that the UK did really good with Covid-19 vaccine rollout because the UK left the EU. Is this true? What EU policy/law would have forced ...
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How do national union/employer negotiations work?

There are currently a number of high-profile nationwide strikes taking place (or planned) in the UK: teachers, nurses, firemen, railway workers and university lecturers, amongst others. In all cases, ...
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Would there be any economic consequences if the UK were to leave the ECHR? [closed]

Before Brexit, leaving the ECHR (European Convention on Human Rights) would've presumably been risky as it could've jeopardized the UK's EU membership, thus costing a significant amount of money to ...
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Why didn't the UK want a return policy when negotiating Brexit?

I've just watched this video that shows that the rise of boat immigrants to the UK is because the UK didn't want a return policy. It seems as though it would have been very important to the UK to have ...
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How radical are the SNP's proposals on gender recognition?

As regards the proposals being put forward by the Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP) for a change in Scots law, making recognition of gender change available to anyone over the age of 16, with no ...
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What happens to Scotland energy if it leaves the UK? [closed]

If Scotland leaves the UK and joins the EU, does its current arrangement with England change? I understand the EU has some sort of a system to distribute energy among members. If Scotland becomes part ...
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Why are India's sedition laws still on the books?

Why India has not done away with archiac and abusive sedition laws once imposed by Colonial British rule? It is not a political issue as all the major parties that have governed India since 1947 have ...
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Why do most United Kingdom visas restrict working as a sportsperson?

The majority of UK visas, for example the British National (Overseas) visa, and the Graduate visa, appear to include a restriction on working as a professional sportsperson: Why did the British ...
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To what extent is the UK's cost-of-living crisis Russia's fault?

I know that the UK's cost-of-living crisis is partly due to the war in Ukraine. Russia, of course, has sharply limited the amount of energy it exports to Europe; this substantially raises winter ...
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What do modern British people think about the decolonization of India in 1947? [closed]

Do British people think that PM Clement Attlee's decision to give independence to India was correct? If so, why? If not, why not?
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Why does the UK use US-made strategic missiles?

Why does the United Kingdom use strategic missiles made in the United States, such as Trident, instead of producing their own? It is understandable that they would import tactical missiles, but why ...
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