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Why does Boris Johnson seek to renegotiate the Brexit deal with the EU?

Brexit recreated/uncovered problems which the EU membership of Ireland and the UK had allowed to recede. If there are no hard borders, then people and goods can travel from the rest of the UK to ...
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Why is the vote of no confidence on the prime minister for Conservative MPs only?

Because it's not a vote of confidence in the Prime Minister, it's a vote of confidence in the Leader of the Conservative Party, who also happens to be the Prime Minister. See the announcement from the ...
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Why is Boris Johnson visiting only Paris & Berlin if every member of the EU needs to agree on a withdrawal deal?

It is difficult to tell why Johnson really does things, since he is a serial liar with opaque motives even by the low standards of British politics. However, from various other public statements, we ...
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Why did Boris Johnson call for new elections?

Doesn't this effectively end Johnson's short stint as Prime Minister? Only if he loses, which is not a foregone conclusion. And even then, he doesn't leave office until a replacement is ready to ...
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What does "2 fingers to Scotland" mean in Peter Grant's statement about Johnson not listening to the SNP's Westminster leader speeches?

In the UK, two fingers is an insult much like the middle finger in the USA. Done in a palm-out orientation it is the victory sign, as done by Winston Churchill. The other way around, palm inwards (...
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Is it usual for a US president to make specific comments about a UK Prime Minister's suitability during a general election?

According to VOA, it hasn't been this blatant before, at least as actual elections go: During his time in office, Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, weighed in on Brexit in 2016, provoking fury from ...
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Why is Boris Johnson visiting only Paris & Berlin if every member of the EU needs to agree on a withdrawal deal?

I'm not sure you'll get a specific sourced answer for this question, so I'll attempt to answer in generalities. France and Germany are often seen as the driving forces behind the EU project. Along ...
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Why does Boris Johnson seek to renegotiate the Brexit deal with the EU?

The problem is the Brexit Trilemma. From Wikipedia: Following the Brexit referendum, the first May government decided that not only should the United Kingdom leave the European Union but also that it ...
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Why did Boris Johnson call for new elections?

Calling a general election dissolves Parliament, which is currently giving Johnson grief. However, he remains Prime Minister, with the executive power of that office, until a new Prime Minister is ...
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Could Boris Johnson face criminal charges for illegally proroguing Parliament?

No. https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-49810261 The notion of unlawful here means only that the prorogation does not comply with how the supreme court interprets the political rule book. It ...
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Could Boris Johnson face criminal charges for illegally proroguing Parliament?

IANAL, but probably the only thing he could be charged with is misconduct in public office. I haven't seen anyone suggest that he should be charged (for this, this time). The charge does not require ...
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What does "2 fingers to Scotland" mean in Peter Grant's statement about Johnson not listening to the SNP's Westminster leader speeches?

In the UK, Australia and New Zealand, the two fingers (sometimes also two-fingered salute) is a sign whose meaning can approximately equated to the middle finger which is used in North America, Europe ...
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Why does Boris Johnson seek to renegotiate the Brexit deal with the EU?

The argument appears to boil down to: the situation under the current Protocol is unsustainable, the British government feels that it would be entitled to invoke Article 16 of the Protocol, allowing ...
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Is it usual for a US president to make specific comments about a UK Prime Minister's suitability during a general election?

It's generally not done in US politics with other functional democratic countries either, not just the UK. Doing so is simply really bad statecraft. The problem with weighing on one side in an ...
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Why does Boris Johnson seek to renegotiate the Brexit deal with the EU?

The answer to this question dates back to 2019. Theresa May's government rejected the current solution, a border in the Irish Sea, and instead proposed a "backstop" that would keep the ...
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Could Boris Johnson face criminal charges for illegally proroguing Parliament?

While this is a small difference, the supreme court found that the prorogation was unlawful rather than illegal. This may seem pedantic, but the law is often so. Boris will not be charged with a crime,...
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Was there a precedent of circumventing Commons supermajority requirement?

There is no precedent for requiring a supermajority in the commons - the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act was the first time this was ever required. There is, therefore, no precedent for circumventing such ...
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What did Boris Johnson mean when he said "extra 34 billion going into the NHS"

It means exactly what the words say. There is a plan. Plans don't cost anything much to produce. All you need is a computer running MS Office, and in half an hour you are done. Whether the plan will ...
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Why did Boris Johnson call for new elections?

If he calls an election then it's possible he will gain a greater majority than he had (at the moment he has no majority of course). This will mean that not only for Brexit, but for other stuff he ...
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What is Boris Johnson carrying?

The most probable answer here is that he is carrying notes for his speech. The caption for that image is Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson holds a folder as he delivers a statement outside 10 ...
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What does Boris Johnson stand to gain from holding an election on the 12th rather than the 9th of December?

There are a number of factors here which may be relevant, although as observers we cannot be certain which are actually weighing on private decisions. In favour of the 12th: The 12th of December is ...
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Why did Boris Johnson call for new elections?

Calling an election has a number of benefits. Fresh blood First of all, it's an opportunity to get rid of MPs from one's own party who aren't absolutely loyal. Those people may at one point or another ...
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Why is Boris Johnson visiting only Paris & Berlin if every member of the EU needs to agree on a withdrawal deal?

Boris Johnson is a hard Brexiteer, he made no mystery of the fact that he is happy to make the UK leave the EU without a deal. Therefore his visits are not meant to convince anybody in the EU, ...
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How did Boris Johnson manage to be elected Mayor of London for two terms when London is usually staunchly Labour?

According to the Guardian: London used not to be “a Labour city”. London was defined in its current sprawling form, Greater London, by the Conservatives in 1963: in part to offset Labour support in ...
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Boris Johnson's derogatory comments about British business?

He reportedly used a simple expletive while reacting to business concerns about Brexit, namely:
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Can the British Prime Minister change the election date on his own?

By convention, Her Majesty only acts on the advice of the Prime Minister. With regards to the election, the motion that the House of Commons must pass is very specific: That there shall be an ...
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Why is Boris Johnson visiting only Paris & Berlin if every member of the EU needs to agree on a withdrawal deal?

You cannot really negotiate by Skype with 20-30 heads of state or government directly. The process set up by the EU (for Brexit but also for trade deals) is to appoint a negotiating team with an ...
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How can the British government both obey the Benn Act and still leave without a Brexit deal?

Ask, but not honestly In short, the law states that the PM must seek an extension. It does not state that EU27 must grant the request. So if BoJo can convince EU27 (or a few key states really) that ...
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Why is Boris Johnson visiting only Paris & Berlin if every member of the EU needs to agree on a withdrawal deal?

I am not sure how seriously the question was asked, but anyway... While the current POTUS made his first overseas visit in a form of a tour, starting from Saudi-Arabia, in many countries, typically [...
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