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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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As I'm sure you've probably worked out, there's no definitive, general answer to this question. For evidence, I'll simply point to the fact that, if there was, it would have been shouted from the roof …
answered Mar 25 by Alex
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In the UK, the situation with the police is fairly straightforward. The majority of police, in prosecuting their role, do not need a gun. Most use protective clothing and carry preventative weapons …
answered Dec 20 '17 by Alex
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A law court can only ever resolve questions of law. The 2016 referendum was a straight in/out referendum so that one vote, either way, above 50% would be legally sufficient to win. Now, if you can a …
answered Apr 2 by Alex
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Although @BeaglesEnd's answer is effectively correct, it skirts around some of the foibles of the UK's political system. For example, it is not actually possible to resign as a Member of Parliament. …
answered Jun 28 '16 by Alex
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The High Court judgement definitely stirs things up. The UK Government has said it will appeal to the Supreme Court and it appears that the key question is about the notion of irreversibility. The th …
answered Nov 4 '16 by Alex
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It's very difficult to answer such a hypothetical question but here goes... The Queen could have unilaterally attempted to invoke a no deal Brexit by withdrawing the UK from its EU treaty obligations …
answered Mar 28 by Alex
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Has the Labour party always had this level of problems with anti-semitism? No. The current problems are a direct result of the changes brought about by Jeremy Corbyn. This is not, however, to sug …
answered Apr 3 '18 by Alex
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With the caveat that I do not believe any parish council has declared independence so the legal situation hasn't been tested, I believe the answer is as follows: There is no legal basis for which a p …
answered Sep 19 '16 by Alex
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The European Council has already agreed to both dates so they don’t need to ratify anything any more. A new UK Act isn’t required. The UK Government can put forward a Statutory Instrument to amend th …
answered Mar 25 by Alex
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It is only the UK that is holding a referendum on leaving the EU. The reason is largely party political. For a number of years there has been a divide in the Conservative party between a Eurosceptic …
answered Jun 17 '16 by Alex
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There is now an official answer to this question. Specifically, the European Court of Justice has stated that the UK parliament (not HM Government), can unilaterally revoke Article 50 as long as with …
answered Dec 10 '18 by Alex
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If a Speaker hasn't resigned the position prior to a General Election, and is seeking to be re-elected as an MP, then the electorate will know. Convention even says that their "party" allegiance on th …
answered Apr 3 by Alex
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It doesn't necessarily follow that, if there are no checks at the ROI/NI border, then there can't be any checks at any border. The WTO rules, essentially, require no discrimination between trading par …
answered Dec 14 '18 by Alex
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This difference is quite straightforward. For immigration from outside the EU, the UK government could, at any time, enact a law to change the basis on which that immigration occurs. For example, it c …
answered Jun 28 '16 by Alex
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As far as UKIP is concerned, their performance in the European elections consistently outperformed their performance in General Elections from about 1999 till 2015. After which, their vote collapsed i …
answered Jun 14 by Alex

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