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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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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 ...
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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'...