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In the revised Irish Protocol when would the first Northern Irish consent vote occur?

In Article 18 of the revised Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland (an annex to the Withdrawal Agreement), the Northern Irish Assembly is given the ability to consent or deny consent for the ...
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What is the significance of the restrictions on the Speaker in the Programme Motion for the Early Parliamentary Election Bill

See the Programme Motion Paragraph (3)(b) States: When the Bill has been read a Second Time the Speaker shall leave the Chair whether or not notice of an Instruction has been given. Paragraph (7) ...
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Was there a precedent of circumventing Commons supermajority requirement?

Background: current UK government led by prime minister Boris Johnson wants to call an early election. But Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 requires 2/3 supermajority in Commons for that, which the ...
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What does Boris Johnson stand to gain from holding an election on the 12th rather than the 9th of December?

Boris Johnson stated that he wants to have a general election on the 12th of December, and very clearly he is trying to paint these election as a "referendum" (even though a referendum is not based on ...
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Why does the British government need permission to start a general election? [duplicate]

I've just read that an "early election" has failed to go through the lower house. This strikes me as really odd. Why would the opposition be the ones who say when the current government stops working?...
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What does “2 fingers to Scotland” mean in Peter Grant's statement about Johnson not listening to the SNP's Westminster leader speeches?

SNP MP Peter Grant accuses Boris Johnson of walking out of the chamber while his party's Westminster leader Ian Blackford was still speaking. In a tweet, he claims it is the "third or fourth time ...
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Are there reoccurring taunts or put downs within UK Parliament?

This Powerline article alludes to a certain heckle, "Who Are You?" directed at UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and that Nigel Farage employs to much less success at the EU as sort of a mainstay ...
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Why has Macron/France insisted that the UK must nominate a commissioner?

According to some Elysee officials quoted by the Guardian All weekend, France took the initiative with Germany, Ireland, Donald Tusk’s team and a few other countries, to fix the terms of the ...
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Given the Kinnock amendment, is the Benn Act still legally effective?

According to one constitutional legal opinion, the Kinnock amendment makes the Benn Act impossible to satisfy: ‘The Prime Minister must seek … an extension of the period under Article 50(3) … in ...
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Haven't the DUP violated their confidence-and-supply arrangement?

One of the key points of the DUP-Tory agreement arranged in 2017 was that the DUP would support the Tories in key votes, including those on Brexit. However, to my memory, they have not supported the ...
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How does the Millenials' support for Corbyn square off with the anti-Brexit stance of most young people in the UK?

According to Yougov, among Millennials, Corbyn is the most popular politician in the UK (although he fares far worse among other age groups). At the same time, the youth is the most anti-Brexit/pro-...
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Why is Labour sticking with Jeremy Corbyn?

Labour under Corbyn has already lost two elections, including getting humiliating 13.7% in the European Parliament poll. One of the reasons for such an extremely poor result was Corbyn's confusing ...
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How are London's cabs licensed?

Is there any similarity between the medallion system predominant in US cities, in which taxicab licenses once (and seldom) issued are forever sold on the open market, with a large secondary (and ...
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Can an MP who didn't vote for the 2nd reading of a bill propose amendments to it?

It's been said in a (now-deleted) comment here that You are not allowed to propose an amendment to a bill unless you voted for the second reading. This means there is a strong incentive to vote for ...
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Why is Ian Blackford allowed to speak in the Commons while having crossed the line?

The House of Commons (image below from Wikipedia) has two red lines on the floor. Wikipedia states that: In front of each set of benches a red line is drawn, which members are traditionally not ...
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Has the UK Parliament been successfully sued for passing or doing something deemed unconstitutional?

According to some "extrajudicial" comments by justices in R (Jackson) v Attorney General , e.g.: Lord Hope followed on from Lord Steyn Parliamentary sovereignty is no longer, if it ever ...
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(UK) EU Withdrawl Act & The EU

I was reading somewhere that if the Withdrawal Act gets amended too much it's got to be referred back to the EU. Is there an arbitrary limit to the number of amendments that can be made before it has ...
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Can Parliament be compelled to let the UK leave the EU on October 31st?

Citizens cannot take Parliament to court to force it to hold a General Election, even when they believe that Parliament to have lost legitimacy. Can Parliament be compelled by the courts to not ...
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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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Who voted for the Brexit deal bill but against the timetable?

Breaking news is that the Brexit deal bill passed its 2nd reading, but the timetable ("program motion", which would have allowed Brexit by the 31st) failed. So who voted for the 2nd reading but ...
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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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Are MPs required to read a bill before they vote on it?

Of course, voting in general does not require that the voters understand what they are voting on. In a formal setting, when the vote is about a written document, it could be required that the voters ...
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In the house of commons, does “second reading” involve actual reading?

A bill in the house of commons has a first and a second reading. The second reading involves the members of parliament. Does the second reading being finished imply that the bill has been read out ...
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What “king emperor” is Rees-Mogg referring to?

Responding to complaints about the tight schedule for the Brexit bill, Rees-Mogg said "A king emperor left in 24 hours, and we are removing an imperial yoke in over a week," he added. Clearly the "...
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Has the UK gone forward with its plan to designate northern Syria a “no-go” zone?

News from July was that The Home Office revealed in May that it planned to designate northern Syria a “no-go area” and that British citizens would have 28 days to leave or face a 10-year prison ...
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Does no-one standing against the speaker of the house in UK lead to the local electorate being disenfranchised?

By tradition no-one stands against the speaker of the house in the UK when they are re-elected as an MP. However if I feel passionately that I want to vote for a particular party and I am in the ...
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Why does the passage the Letwin amendment “scrap the possibility of a meaningful vote on Johnson's deal”?

A lot of people have said that since the Letwin amendment has passed it has scrapped the possibility of there ever being a 'meaningful' vote on Johnson's deal. Why is this so?
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Will there be a vote in the Commons to decide the fate of Johnson's deal?

My understanding is that next week the parliament is going to have a vote which effectively decides the fate of Johnson's deal: if it passes, Brexit with a deal on 31 Oct or after a short extension ...
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What options do supporters of a confirmatory referendum have?

There is a considerable number of MPs who support a confirmatory referendum on the deal. What legal options do these MPs have now? If there are several possible strategies they can pursue, which one ...
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Has the UK had an election, referendum, or similar result either not implemented or put again before being implemented (in modern times)?

Are there any examples from modern times of the result of a UK election, referendum, etc., not being implemented, or the question being put a second time (perhaps in modified form) before the first ...
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Can Johnson safely ignore the Benn Act assuming his deal passes next week?

What's the worst thing that can happen to Johnson or his government, legally, if he ignores the Benn Act (for now at least) given that he intends to bring legislation on the deal Tuesday, it seems? ...
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Why did the Government cancel Saturday's Brexit-deal vote?

I'm not sure I understand why the Government called off the Brexit vote today, after the Letwin amendment passed. The BBC reported After five hours of MPs debating the government's new Brexit deal ...
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Will the recent US tariffs against Scottish (and more generally UK) products cease to apply after Brexit?

The BBC has some details as to the list of products tariffed by the US as a result of the Airbus WTO ruling. Among these Single malt Scotch whisky According to the Scotch Whisky Association (...
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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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Why would an elected (absentionist) Sinn Féin MP resign from the House of Commons?

I came across the List of by-elections in the UK and noticed that there was a by-election in West Tyrone in 2018. Nothing unusual about that except that the seat was won by Sinn Féin in the 2017 ...
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Did the ERG leadership comment on the deal agreed by Johnson with the EU?

I think most other significant parties (Labour, SNP, LibDems, DUP) have taken a stance on the Johnson-EU deal, rejecting it. Of note however is that 18 Labor MPs have vowed to defect (i.e. support ...
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Why is there a strong link between education and voting Remain?

The more highly educated you are, the more you are likely to have voted for remain rather than leave, in the EU referrendum. Why is this the case? From YouGov: 70% of voters whose educational ...
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Has Boris Johnson effectively told the EU that a “No Deal” Brexit is a bluff?

Boris Johnson is not happy about the Benn Act because he wants to use "No Deal" as a bargaining chip. This strikes me as a bluff. If it is a bluff, he's told the EU it's a bluff as well. However, he ...
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Are Leave Labour voters still an actual thing?

Leave Labour voters have been brought up in political chatter since the Brexit vote. They continue to be if today's Guardian Politics Weekly podcast is anything to go by. But are they an actual thing ...
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Are there any pre-Brexit-referendum polls on UK electorate preference for a strongman leader?

An article in The Economist this summer says: The gridlock in Parliament, where mps have been caught between loyalty to their constituents, their party and the instruction of the referendum, has ...
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Could another member of UK Parliament request an extension or even negotiate Brexit? [duplicate]

Apparently John Bercow (House of Commons speaker) has been directly talking with David Sassoli of the EU Parliament John Bercow has sparked outrage after it has emerged the meddling Speaker of the ...
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Does any politician - honestly - want a No Deal Brexit? [closed]

As a German, it seems to me that No Deal Brexit without preparations would hurt so much that it makes no sense to prefer it. That is so clear that it should be the case for any conceivable expectation ...
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Was the Franchise for the EU Referendums in 1975 and 2016 the same?

The details of those allowed to vote in the two EU membership referendums seems slightly different from my reading. 1975 Franchise The right to vote in the referendum was given to those who were ...
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How can the British government both obey the Benn Act and still leave without a Brexit deal?

The European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 2) Act 2019 mandates the Prime Minister of the UK to seek a Brexit extension unless a withdrawal agreement is agreed. However Boris Johnson has also repeatedly ...
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Has any other act of parliament compelled the Government or PM to take action like the Benn Act does?

The 'Benn Act' compels the Prime Minister to take certain actions by certain dates and times. Has any previous legislation (passed, or otherwise) compelled the government to take action like this? ...
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What power does the UK parliament hold over a Prime Minister whom they refuse to remove from power?

I've seen several questions deal with the issues surrounding this issue, but none have tried to tackle this head on. Boris Johnson had a defection within his party over a key Brexit vote. He then ...
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Can Boris Johnson invoke the Civil Contingencies Act to suspend the Benn law?

The Economist lists that among the possibilities of what Johnson might do to avoid asking the EU for an extension past Oct 31: He might invoke an emergency under the Civil Contingencies Act, to ...
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Has Boris Johnson's government explained why its latest Brexit proposal does not include a referendum for Northern Ireland leaving the single market?

The "final offer" that Boris Johnson has made to the EU includes a provision that the single-market (for goods) arrangement for Northern Ireland needs to be explicitly approved and then extended by ...
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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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Can the UK vote against a Brexit extension? [duplicate]

There is a situation now where the British PM may be forced by the U.K. parliament against his will to ask for a Brexit extension past October. I know all the EU countries have to agree to allow an ...