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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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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 ...
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Brexit - What was the question that the Referendum answered? [closed]

In Douglas Adams' Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Deep Thought comes up with the answer to the question of 'Life, the Universe, and Everything', which is 42. It then says the that the answer seems ...
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Why did the Tories in the UK cancel their bid to filibuster the anti-no deal Brexit deal?

On Thursday, the Conservative Party in the UK decided not to pursue their filibuster of the bill intended to stop a no-deal Brexit. Why did they cancel their plans to filibuster it? See https://www....
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When Conservative MPs lose the whip, do they retain the right to vote in leadership elections?

Were 48 letters put into the 1922 Committee calling for a vote of no-confidence in Boris Johnson as PM, would those members who have lost the whip be allowed to vote?
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Is there a contingency for Royal assent if the sovereign is unable to fulfil their duties in a timely manner

[I'm going to use the current Brexit example, but my question extends to other similar circumstances] Certain situation require a bill be made into law in a timely manner, as with the blocking of no ...
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Can the British Prime Minister change the election date on his own?

According to this news item, Shadow justice secretary Richard Burgon said he did not trust Boris Johnson not to call an election for mid-October and then change the date afterwards. This implies ...
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Has Nigel Farage given any recent indication whether his party is going to contest a general election against Boris Johnson?

It seems to me that the outcome of a UK general election in the next few months will depend in no small part on whether Nigel Farage will run (his party) against Johnson's Conservatives or support him/...
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If Boris Johnson announces his resignation on 19 October 2019 what happens?

From this BBC article Could a no-deal Brexit still happen on 31 October? Could the government scrap the law? The bill states that it is the prime minister himself who would have to request an ...
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Could a British PM name the Opposition leader the next PM when they resign

One of the more outlandish theories that has been doing the rounds in the British political rumour mill is: Mr Johnson could resign and tell the Queen to send for Labour’s leader to replace him. (...
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Why do the British opposition parties not want a new election?

I'm trying to understand why Labour and other parties do not want an election. The bill blocking the no-deal exit on the 31st of October will almost certainly pass today. That means that the no-deal ...
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Could a simple-majority bill for a general election, passing through both houses be amended by the SNP to provide for a further Scottish referendum?

Could the conundrum which faces the Government be overcome with support for a bill from the SNP? It is well known that under the Fixed Term Parliaments Act, a motion for a general election requires ...
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Is British democracy anything other than a legal fiction? [closed]

Is British democracy anything other than a legal fiction right now. Including the EU referendum there have been 3 nation wide elections since 2016. 1) The initial decision to leave the EU. 2) a ...
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Do the House of Lords debates get as rowdy as the House of Commons debates?

Some of the Brexit-related debates yesterday were quite wild in the House of Commons. It seems like the Speaker of the House is rather necessary to keep the debate from derailing into a shouting match....
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Is there precedent for a law to be declared void because it should have received Queen's Consent, but it didn't?

Wikipedia mentions that If a bill is mistakenly allowed to progress even though the required [Queen's] consent was not signified and the error is discovered before Royal Assent has been given, the ...
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Can the PM block a bill by advising the Queen not to give royal assent? [duplicate]

It appears to be unequivocal (them's the rules) if controversial (a lot of people don't like it) that for a bill that's passed both houses to pass into law it then needs Royal Assent from the Queen &...
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What forms of redress are available if a government decides to act illegally by omission?

At present, the UK parliament is attempting to pass legislation that would require Boris Johnson's government to take action to avoid a no-deal Brexit scenario. For the purposes of this question, I am ...
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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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Is Queen's Consent going to be a problem for the new Brexit delay bill?

Queen's Consent isn't the same thing as Royal Assent. The new Brexit delay bill, aka the European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 6) Bill, has passed its 1st reading in the commons, but it's been suggested ...
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Why are UK MPs allowed to abstain (but it counts as a no)?

When reading the results of the recent call for a general election the numbers were 298 for, 56 against. The motion failed to pass due to not reaching the 2/3 majority. It took a little digging to ...
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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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Can the Government hold a vote of confidence in themselves with the intention of losing?

Borris Johnson has failed to get an early election. However, I’m aware that a vote of no confidence in the government would also lead to a general election if no other party could win a vote (which ...
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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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Has it happened before for a law or amendment to pass (by accident) in the UK Parliament because there were no tellers?

If the breaking news is correct, MPs started voting on Stephen Kinnock’s amendment 6. But then, a few minutes into voting, Lindsay Hoyle, announced that the division had been called off because ...
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How is the bill blocking the no-deal Brexit useful?

The referred bill is the one mentioned in this page. I ask this question because I don’t understand the following: if Boris Johnson is truly determined to leave the EU without a deal, why can’t he ...
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What is the majority of the UK Government as of 2019-09-04?

According to the Parliament website the UK Government's majority appears to be -51. Is this correct? But I thought the Government's majority was one, until Phillip Lee defected, and then 21 were ...
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Why does the UK Prime Minister need the permission of Parliament to call a general election?

I read in the news recently that Boris Johnson would need the approval of 2/3 of the House of Commons if he wants to call a general election before 'Brexit Day'. I am curious as to why this is the ...
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What does the Conservative Party expelling an MP mean?

According to the BBC news (in Brexit: PM in new battle after Commons vote defeat published 30 minutes ago) the Conservative Party “expelled” 21 MPs for voting against instruction: Meanwhile, No 10'...
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Do we know what “hardness” of Brexit people actually wanted in the referendum, if there had been other choices available?

As worded, the referendum was between two choices - leave or stay. But realistically, if there had been a mechanism for it, there would have been other choices on the list, reflecting the nuances of ...
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How does the UK House of Commons think they can prolong the deadline of Brexit?

What can the UK do to prolong the deadline for Brexit. From my understanding the deadline is fixed by the EU and will not be extended. But now they passed a vote to try to get more time, how do they ...
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What criteria do historians use in ranking best and worst UK prime ministers?

E.g. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historical_rankings_of_prime_ministers_of_the_United_Kingdom and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historical_rankings_of_presidents_of_the_United_States have rankings ...
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Why did Boris Johnson call for new elections?

I find myself confused by the events of the day. The BBC reports them as thus Tory rebels and opposition MPs have defeated the government in the first stage of their attempt to pass a law designed ...
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What are the procedural differences in calling a general election “notwithstanding the FTPA”?

I have seen suggestions in several places now that the government may try to pass a one-line bill reading: "Notwithstanding the Fixed-term Parliaments Act, we will have a general election on 15 ...
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Is there any timeframe restriction for scheduling an early election under the Fixed-term Parliaments Act?

The Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 provides for two ways that an early general election can be held before the end of the five-year fixed term: A simple majority vote for a motion of no confidence (...
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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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How will the UK Commons debate on the 3rd of September despite the prorogation?

Graphic via "Prorogation: How can the government suspend Parliament?" BBC If the Commons is suspended, how is it they will be debating tonight, the 3rd of September? Edit: I kept misreading the ...
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What did Boris Johnson mean when he said “extra 34 billion going into the NHS”

According to a speech given by Boris Johnson on 2nd September 2019, there are plans for "an extra 34 billion going into the NHS". What does "going into" mean in this context? Given that the annual ...
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What is the rule for the regulated period for party political spending in UK general elections?

What is the rule for the "regulated period" for party political spending in UK general elections? This document states: UK Parliamentary general elections usually have a regulated period of 365 ...
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How soon does the PM have to present a passed bill for royal assent?

How long can the UK government delay presenting an otherwise passed bill to the Queen for royal assent (could they perhaps delay it indefinitely to prevent it becoming law?). Parliamentary pages I've ...
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Can proroguing Parliament have any practical effect on Brexit?

Boris Johnson's advice to the Queen to prorogue Parliament has certainly generated opposition, but I am curious whether that action will have any practical implications. If Parliament hasn't come to a ...
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If the UK government doesn't ask for article 50 extension, can parliament do it instead?

The Guardian reported under the headline "Brexit: Gove refuses to rule out ignoring any law passed to stop no deal": Michael Gove has repeatedly refused to rule out the possibility that the ...
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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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Is it necessary to hold a Queen’s Speech, and prorogue parliament, to propose new bills?

Recently the prime minister of the UK, Boris Johnson, ordered the Parliament to be prorogued. This prorogation was justified by the PM as necessary to introduce new legislation. From this article: [...
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What is the nature of the court's oversight of the U.K. Parliament?

A recent BBC article (Judge rejects temporary ban on Parliament shutdown ahead of full hearing) indicates that it is possible for a judge in the U.K. to issue an interdict (“similar to an injunction”) ...
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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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Why haven't the British protested Brexit as ardently as the Hong Kong protesters?

Subreddits like r/unitedkingdom, r/ukpolitics have many Remainers who loathe Brexit, and there're unquestionably more who aren't on Reddit! English cities have had protests, but why haven't there been ...
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House of Commons recess [closed]

I came across this list of recess dates for House of Commons and I was wondering why is there so much fuss about the currently proposed one when it seems to be planned in generally the same time frame ...