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What would happen if the UK parliment voted through the deal, but blocked the declaration?

Follow on from: Why does the UK parliament need a vote on the political declaration? What would happen if the UK parliament voted to pass the deal, but voted against the political declaration? What ...
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Why does the UK parliament need a vote on the political declaration?

As reported in the bbc article available here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-47742395 The UK government has split the 'deal' into the actual agreement and the non-legally binding political ...
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If/When UK leaves the EU, can a future goverment conduct a referendum to join the EU?

I wonder if after the current debate, the UK ends up leaving the EU on any terms, how soon can a future government conduct a referendum to join the EU?
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Why do American farmers buy tractors from John Deere?

https://hardware.slashdot.org/story/19/03/27/1851206/elizabeth-warren-calls-for-a-national-right-to-repair-law-for-tractors?sbsrc=md Farmers operating John Deere tractors have been fighting against ...
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Why is the US ranked as #45 in Press Freedom ratings, despite its extremely permissive free speech laws?

According to the Press Freedom Index, the US is ranked at a meager 45th position in the global ranking of countries. In comparison, New Zealand is currently at the 8th spot despite having an official "...
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Is Bercow still an MP obligated to representing his district?

Is Bercow still obligated to perform his duties representing his constituency in Buckingham while he is speaker? Does he still get to vote on matters, or is someone else appointed or elected to ...
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Could the UK have simply left on the 29th March given that it was encoded in the Withdrawal Act?

Could the UK have simply left, legally, the EU on the 29th March given that leaving on that date was encoded in the Withdrawal Act?
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How does the Letwin Amendment work technically?

On 25 March 2019, the UK House of Commons passed the Letwin Amendment, which stated, in part: ... Standing Order No. 14(1) (which provides that government business shall have precedence at ...
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What is the mechanism of legal action of the motion tomorrow on the Withdrawal Agreement?

Parliament are voting on a motion tomorrow (29th March 2019) to attempt to get the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill through. I think. Although the motion explicitly excludes reference to the ...
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Can a Brexit deal be accepted after Brexit?

There is the possibility that the UK leaves the EU without any deal in place, not because anybody wants it, but because of just running out of time. In that case, if the UK government eventually ...
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Is there anything unconventional about holding another referendum on an issue before the first is enacted? [duplicate]

Is there anything unconventional/unethical or unconstitutional about holding another referendum on an issue before the first is enacted? Would doing so to risk a perpetual overturning of the result, ...
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In the Caroline Spelman amendment - what happened?

As I understand it, on the 14th March 2019 an amendment (to a motion?) was voted on to take no deal off the table. That amendment passed, thereby meaning that the motion “became the amendment” (?), ...
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Did all 27 other EU member states need to approve the extension of A50?

Did all 27 other EU member states need to approve the extension of A50? A few weeks ago there seemed to be a question mark over whether they would approve it, but this was quickly removed. ...
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Full Communism & rare items/collectibles

In a fully automated communist system with post scarcity no money and goods distributed from each according to his abilities to each according to his need, how would this system address items that ...
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Do UK MPs have to follow orders? [duplicate]

I'm reading this article about the recent votes in the UK concerning a bunch of Brexit options: All Conservative MPs - excluding cabinet ministers - were given a free vote, meaning they were not ...
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What is the difference between Theresa May's Withdrawal Agreement and its associated Political Declaration?

In this Guardian article, it discusses that Theresa May has considered severing the Brexit withdrawal agreement from the forward-looking political declaration What is the "forward-looking ...
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What is the point of a new vote on May's deal when the indicative votes suggest she will not win?

So I am hearing that May wants another vote on her deal tomorrow. When she held her last vote recently, 391 voted against and only 242 voted for. Yesterday, indicative votes were held. Here are ...
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Does the Brexit deal have to be agreed by both Houses?

Does the "divorce deal" have to be agreed by both the Commons and the Lords? If it does and the Lords reject it, what happens then?
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Does domestic or international law take precedence in the UK?

Does domestic or international law take precedence in the UK? I ask, because the treaty agreed with the EU for the Brexit extension appears to override the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018.
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Can the Queen still cancel Brexit?

This answer from 2017 on whether the Queen could have stopped Brexit states (emphasis mine): Furthermore, the executive power of the British government to make and withdraw from international ...
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What Brexit proposals are on the table in the indicative votes on the 27th of March 2019?

On the 27th of March, the UK parliament has taken control of its own agenda in an attempt to break the so-called Brexit deadlock. How many proposals are there and what are they?
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Why do laws prohibit possession and usage of narcotics separately?

In Indonesia there is article 112 that prohibits the possession of narcotics, this carries a minimum sentence of 4 years. Then there is article 127 which prohibits using narcotics, which carries a ...
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Is it common to order cabinet members to abstain?

In the Financial Times website today Mark Odell 2 HOURS AGO Tory free vote confirmed The FT's Jim Pickard has confirmed that Theresa May will give her MPs a free vote on Wednesday evening as ...
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Why are there no referendums in the US?

The US has a (self-imposed) reputation of being a supremely democratic and free country. However, unlike many other democratic countries on the planet, the US has never had any national referendums. ...
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Is Queen Elizabeth II a national of each of the Commonwealth realms?

This is a follow-up to a recently asked question: Is the monarch of the Commonwealth Realms a citizen of any or all of them? The words "citizen" and "national" are sometimes used interchangeably, but ...
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Why didn't Theresa May consult with Parliament before negotiating a deal with the EU?

The House of Commons will today vote on a series of indicative votes, in order to find out "the will of the house", and thus break the current deadlock with Brexit. These votes come after the deal ...
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Has John Huber interviewed any witnesses in his review?

In 2017, after the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Muller to oversee the FBI’s Trump-Russia investigation, Congressional Republicans asked the Department of Justice to appoint a second Special ...
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How does the UK government determine the size of a mandate?

The Department for Exiting the EU has said in response to the petition to revoke Article 50 that : “17.4 million people then voted to leave the European Union, providing the biggest democratic ...
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Did President Trump ever answer questions on obstruction to Mueller?

The FBI’s Trump-Russia investigation, overseen by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, has just finished. Now at some point in the course of the investigation, Mueller’s team sent President Trump a series ...
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What happens to EU trade deals with Brexit

If the UK leaves the EU, either with Theresa May's deal or with no deal, what happens to UK trade with countries that have trade deals with the EU? Does it immediately go back to WTO rules? Or has the ...
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If an EU member state expands, is EU recognition over the new territory automatic?

For a country to join the European Union is a long and difficult process. The new member state must meet requirements and be approved by existing member states. What process applies if an existing ...
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European elections and the UK

As far as I know, the UK legislation required in the UK to hold European elections has been revoked. If Brexit gets delayed and the UK is forced to hold European elections, could the elections be held ...
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How many times was Standing Order 14 amended?

Standing Order 14(1) is at the center of the latest UK constitutional revolution/innovation (label depends whom you ask), which suspended for one day (today) its first (and perhaps most important) ...
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Who in the US actually “sends” astronauts to the Moon? The executive or the legislative branch?

The sources cited in this question and in the news mention that in a recent speech to the US space council, vice president Pence announced that NASA should land astronauts on the south pole of the ...
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How unprecedented is for MPs to take control of the parliamentary timetable?

MPs took the unprecedented step of voting to seize control of the parliamentary timetable [...] --BBC Is this speaking hyperbolically, or is it really the case that it never happened before in the ...
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Did US vice president Pence say anything close to “by any means necessary”?

I have not been able to find a transcript of US vice president Pence's recent (26-Mar-2019) speech to the US Space Council. This one is from last year. The phrase By any means necessary carries a ...
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Is art.13 and art.11 of the newly voted internet legislation binding for member states? [duplicate]

Because of a rather large pushback from multiple sources I was wondering about how binding this legislation is on the member states, namely: Does the vote mean it is in effect in all member states or ...
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EU directives during the transition period in May's Brexit deal

May's Brexit deal includes a transition period which may last for years. The Irish Times wrote the following on that: During the transition period a kind of standstill would be in place where ...
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Will Britain be exempt from Article 13 if Brexit passes?

As stated in the title, will Brexit be able to prevent Britain from being affected by Article 13? This question comes in light of Article 13 recently passing. For the purposes of this question, I am ...
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Can EU member states reject the new copyright legislation?

The European Parliament has recently voted in favour of planned reforms to copyright legislation, including the controversial Articles 11 and 13. This BBC News article about the vote states (emphasis ...
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Does the vote in favor of Article 13 affect Stack Exchange?

The EU parliament voted in favor of Article 13. An article which is heavily disputed and may have huge impacts on sites publishing (even if they are small) images or videos of others' creative work. ...
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How did Roger Douglas convince the labour party to carry a liberal economic reform?

Roger Douglas the Minister of Finance of New Zealand from 1984-1988 made a huge liberal economic reform in his era (reducing the size of the state) it was so famous it was called "Rogernomics", but he ...
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What would happen if the UK refused to take part in EU Parliamentary elections?

I've seen a lot in the news over the past couple of weeks about the UK having to take part in the EU Parliamentary elections, if they still haven't left the EU by 22 May. For example: BBC Brussel's ...
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Why doesn't US use military force to retrieve citizens from North Korea?

There have been several American citizens detained in North Korea and one mortally injured during his incarceration. Under what circumstances do countries (such as the USA) use military force to ...
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Can UK MPs vote on the same motion twice?

In this BBC News article, my attention was drawn to a footnote in a figure summarising a vote result: Source: BBC News The footnote says: Final numbers include one Conservative MP voting in both ...
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Why does John Bercow say “unlock” after reading out the results of a vote?

In video from the House of Commons, whenever John Bercow reads the results of a vote, he says “unlock” at the end. For example, from last night: The Ayes to the right, 329. The Noes to the left, ...
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What prevents a country from increasing its welfare budget in a vicious cycle as the percentage of citizens on government assistance approaches 50+%?

Over the past 30 years, the percentage of US citizens on some form of government assistance has been steadily increasing: This corresponds to a decrease in the labor participation rate over the same ...
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Why is the Letwin Amendment so-called?

Why is the Letwin Ammendment called that? I assume something Oliver Letwin did something.
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Who must act to prevent Brexit on March 29th?

As I understand it, the EU27 leadership made the UK a conditional offer with various options to extend the Article 50 negotiation period. Who has to act to accept and enact the extension? Can the UK ...
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In the US, can the President recognize changes in sovereignty himself? [duplicate]

Suppose the US governments recognizes some territory Fooland belonging to (non-US) state A rather than its neighbor B. Now, B captures Fooland militarily from A and holds it. Does the president of the ...

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