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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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Ratification of trade agreements

Are trade agreements treaties? If so, does that mean that trade agreements are agreed by trade envoys and cabinet-level politicians before being presented to the legislature for ratification? In ...
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What are the problems related to Trump administration’s targeting of Huawei affecting US/UK relationship?

The New York Times article Trump State Visit to U.K. Faces Turbulence Amid Brexit Chaos says: British and American officials said the White House had been deferential to 10 Downing Street in ...
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How prevalent is ghostwriting in UK political speeches?

For example when a Prime Minister delivers a speech are there any circumstances when the minister wrote the speech him/herself? How about the first speech of a premiership?
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What vote percentage required to trigger UK revote

In the UK parliamentary general elections, what is the threshold where a tally would be considered unequivocally in favour of a certain party? I.e. if the Conservative and Labour parties had the two ...
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When does the European Scrutiny Committee get involved in the legislative process?

The European Scrutiny Select Committee scrutinises draft European Union legislation. The Committee assesses the legal and/or political importance of draft EU legislation deposited in Parliament ...
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What was the practical effect of voter suppression in the UK's 2019 EU parliament elections?

There are reports of widespread voter suppression of both non-UK EU-citizens and UK citizens living outside the UK in the 2019 EU Parliament elections, which they are entitled to participate in. ...
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Is it legal in the UK for politicians to lie to the public for political gain?

Is there any legal ground to prosecute a politician for lying to the public where their lie gave them political gain?
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Why is Andrea Leadsom so unpopular in the 2019 Conservative leadership contest?

Apparently, Andrea Leadsom only has the declared support of two MPs in the 2019 Conservative leadership contest, herself and Heather Wheeler. In contrast, Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, Jeremy Hunt, or ...
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How will the European Parliament look after brexit?

So 751 different members of the European Parliament was elected. However, some extra members were also elected for some countries for which the extra members first join the parliament the day (when/if)...
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If Boris Johnson were prosecuted and convicted of lying about Brexit, can that be used to cancel Brexit?

This question is based on the assumption that Boris Johnson gets prosecuted and found guilty of misleading the public during the EU referendum. Could this be used in court to argue that the results ...
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Can the Prime Minister prorogue Parliament?

Can the Prime Minister of the UK prorogue (ie. suspend) Parliament at any time? Or are there constraints on this?
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Would it be accurate to draw a similarity between the role of MP and a Company Director? [closed]

Would it be accurate to draw a similarity between the role of MP accountable to the electorate and a Company Director accountable to shareholders?
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Would the meaningful votes have been held if not for the Gina Miller case?

In an answer to this question user "Moo" claims that the Gina Miller case has not changed the current situation at all. Yet the Lords was able to force the government to hold a "meaningful vote" on an ...
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What exactly did the Brexit Party gain in the 2019 EU parliament election?

The UK is leaving the European Union soon and Theresa May failed to deliver the Brexit as promised, mainly because she could not get her deal approved by the UK parliament. Under these circumstances, ...
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Who will represent the party in the EU parliament after it won some seats?

Let's say party A has won 3 seats out of 10 seats in South East Region of UK in the recent European Parliament election. How does that party choose 3 out of its initial 10 MEP candidates whose name ...
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Did the Brexit Party “dominate” EU elections in the UK?

According to the BBC headline the Brexit Part "dominated" the EU election results: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-48417228 Yet if you look at the actual numbers it seems that they polled ...
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Of the 34 Conservatives who voted against the Withdrawal Agreement last time, how many are remainers?

There were 34 Conservatives who voted against May's last attempt (that was put to a vote) on March 29 to pass the Withdrawal Agreement she agreed with EU. I recognized only one remainer on that list: ...
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Are there influential theories why the Lib Dems have survived on the UK political landscape?

Generally a first-past the post FPTP electoral system favors a two-party system, aka Duverger's law. In the UK however, the Lib Dems have managed to survive for (approximately) a century the ...
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Why does the UK have more political parties than the US?

After reading this article, I got to wondering why the US has 2 viable political parties while the UK appears to have many, even though both use first-past-the-post voting. Across England and Wales,...
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Have any of the “hard Brexit” Tories who voted against May's Withdrawal Agreement in late March stepped forward to be PM?

Both Dominic Raab and Boris Johnson voted for May's Withdrawal Agreement (WA) on March 29 (after voting against on March 12.) Did any of the "true hard" Brexiteers in the sense that they preferred a ...
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Section 13 of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill

Dominic Raab tried to row back from his voting for the Withdrawal Agreement Bill by citing “Section 13” of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill. The implication seemed to be that voting for the WA on the ...
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Does the queen really have to listen to the Prime Minister when appointing a new one?

According to this answer on Theresa May's successor: The party will now elect a new leader, and May will then resign as PM, and recommend to the Queen that her successor as Conservative leader is ...
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Would Brexit have gone ahead by now if Gina Miller had not forced the Government to involve Parliament?

Background (from Wikipedia): In June 2016, in the aftermath of the United Kingdom European Union membership referendum, [Gina] Miller privately engaged the City of London law firm Mishcon de Reya ...
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What is the precedent for replacing the British Prime Minster without a general election and what are the constitutional rules?

Theresa May has resigned as Prime Minister. Some people are calling for a general election. Clearly this has happened before (her direct predecessor for example, although a general election was ...
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Did the UK Government ask for the Irish backstop?

Was the Irish backstop asked for by the UK Government or was it was it an imposition by the EU?
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Did any Conservative MPs indicate that they might vote against May?

As of today, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Theresa May, has resigned. One reason for this might hypothetically have been an expectation that she would lose a vote of no confidence in the ...
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Was parliamentary ratification of trade treaties necessary in the UK (before joining the EU)?

The royal prerogative seems to be the source of UK's government's power to conduct foreign affairs. But does it completely cover trade treaties, i.e. before joining the EU was parliamentary ...
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What is Theresa May waiting for?

Today (5/24/2019), Theresa May announced that she will step down as UK Prime Minister, and that she will quit as Conservative Party leader on 7th June. Why is she waiting until 7th June? Why waste ...
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Why did David Cameron offer a referendum on the European Union?

In 2013 in a speech in London entitled “Britain and Europe” David Cameron committed to an in/out referendum for the European Union for their 2015 manifesto. “The next Conservative Manifesto in 2015 ...
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Who will lead the country until there is a new Tory leader?

Theresa May has just announced that she will resign as Prime Minister on 7th June. It has also been announced that the new Tory Leader will not be chosen until mid-July. (This is to account for all ...
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Trade Agreements Approval Process EU vs UK

According to The Trade Justice Movement, the UK's current trade negotiation legislation (which hasn't been relevant for some time) means that only government approval (that is the executive) is ...
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Has the Brexit Party stated whether or not it will keep its name?

Has the Brexit Party made any statement on its name as a movement, when Brexit is finally resolved? It would be expected after several years that 'Brexit' will have lost meaning. I can't think of ...
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Can exit-polls for European Elections be published?

European elections are run over multiple days - the earliest voting countries in the EU are voting today, and the final votes will be on Sunday. Is it permissible for an exit-poll for a single ...
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Where have Brexit voters gone?

In June 2016 17.4 million people voted to "Leave" the EU. In today's EU elections it is anticipated that about 7 million people will vote for the Brexit parties (Brexit and UKIP). (Edit 29/5/19 The ...
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Has Theresa May explained why she refuses to resign?

I have a very naïve view on politics and am having a hard time to understand why Theresa May does not resign. All her proposals have been rejected by the Parliament. Not only they were rejected, but ...
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Can Labour force a general election in the UK?

In the UK, Labour claim to want a general election, but despite the handling of Brexit, still the government coalition will not pass a no-confidence vote. Could Labour not force the issue on Brexit, ...
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Why did British Steel have to borrow 120 million pounds (from the government) to cover its ETS obligations?

Can someone clarify why British Steel had to receive a UK government loan for this sum of 120 million pounds? Did British Steel need this money to buy ETS allowances, or were these fines for not ...
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Why did Theresa May offer a vote on a second Brexit referendum?

As part of a now-rejected deal with the Labour party, Theresa May seemed to open the door to a second Brexit referendum. Theresa May made her final big gamble as prime minister on Tuesday, offering ...
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What are some political philosophies/doctrines for deciding when violence is acceptable?

Recently some UK politicians have been getting milkshakes thrown over them. No injuries resulted, but the question of when violence, including relatively minor acts such as this, can be justified or ...
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Consequences of breaches of UK law in European Parliamentary elections

If a candidate breaks the law (e.g. exceeding spending limits) in UK parliamentary elections, I understand that the election can be annulled and rerun. What are the possible outcomes if candidates or ...
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What happens if an independent candidate in the UK gets two seats worth of votes in EU elections?

During the UK election for the European parliament, what happens if an independent candidate gets enough votes for two seats? Do they nominate someone to get the seat? Do the votes get shared out ...
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Who has the power to issue a witness summons?

In the US, Congressional committees have the power to issue subpoenas, compelling a witness to testify before the given committee. In the UK we have a witness summons, which can be issued in court. ...
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Why did the UK remove the 'European Union' from its passport?

As per a previous question answered this is optional. But I am wondering, what is the reason behind making the decision to remove the words 'European Union' from the cover of UK passports issued since ...
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On what legal basis did the UK remove the 'European Union' from its passport?

The UK is still part of the EU. So I am wondering, what is the legal basis of the decision to remove the words 'European Union' from the cover of UK passports issued since March 29th 2019 (the ...
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Which UK polls//surveys provide information at a constituency-by-constituency level, for the upcoming EU elections in May 2019?

Coming as no surprise whatsoever, the 2019 EU elections will be an interesting event in the UK. Notable features seem to be: The election may act as a proxy vote on brexit, and on various parties' ...
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Have there been any elections which were rendered completely irrelevant by later events?

Due to not reaching an agreement about Brexit, the United Kingdom is forced to hold European elections a few weeks from now, on May 23rd. The elected members (across the European Union) will be ...
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How does “politician” work as a job/career?

How does being a politician work as a job or career? Obviously when you are in office you get a salary (at least at national level). But what happens when you lose the election, or you are running for ...
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Where are the “shires” in the UK?

Today's Guardian article, "Local elections: Tories tipped for heavy losses," contains the following statement: ...the Conservatives could lose about 500 seats to the Lib Dems and 300 to Labour. ...
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Why are UK Bank Holidays on Mondays?

Why are UK bank holidays always on a Monday except Good Friday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day? I ask, because this year, May Day Bank Holiday is next week on Monday when there is a Friday between 1st ...
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Why has the UK chosen to use Huawei infrastructure when Five Eyes allies haven't?

Why has the UK chosen to use Huawei infrastructure when, as far as I know, other members of the Five Eyes and many other Western governments have chosen not to? Is it a case of a pre/post-Brexit ...