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There is no fundamental shift in stance, rather a shift in policy to achieve their aim. The Liberal Democrats (and more particularly the SDP wing) have always been a pro-Europe party. The SDP split from Labour in part over the (then) Euroskeptic position of the Leadership. The SDP-Liberal alliance, and later the Liberal Democrats have been consistently the ...


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The UK parliament has already passed on Dec 20 the 2nd reading of the Act approving the exit deal... and this time (unlike before the latest UK general election) the new Parliament also passed an accelerated timetable for the final adoption of this bill: Now that the bill has passed, lawmakers will have another three days to discuss it further, beginning ...


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The cost of servicing them will go up as they move further and further away from land. Even more importantly, the depth of the water will have a huge impact on the initial construction cost or indeed make construction infeasible. To move 21nm offshore will in many cases move you near or past the limit of the continental shelf. Only certain locations will ...


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Each is a special case. At the time the "motherlands" joined the EC, the number of EC members could be counted by the fingers on two hands. Each had specific constitutional relations with their dependencies. Greenland used to be an EU member but decided to weaken constitutional ties to Denmark and to leave the EU. The reason seems to have been control of ...


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Because it is already an issue. Visa Overstayers However, an estimated 86,940 people who entered Australia in 2017–18 breached their visa conditions. Many of them quickly left the country, but as of 30 June 2017, there were 62,900 unlawful non-citizens residing in Australia—a number that has remained roughly constant over the past few years. 50% of ...


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No. Weights and measures is a matter reserved for the UK government. The Scotland Act, 1998, sets out that "Units and standards of weight and measurement" are a reserved matter (Schedule 5, Party II, Section C9), under the wider category of Trade and Industry. They would need permission from the UK Government to ban imperial measurements, in the same way ...


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Was there "such a marked shift"? In 2019 Labour ultimately committed to hold a 2nd referendum in which the party (or at least its leadership) would not support either remain/leave... which most of the electorate found bewildering and unconvincing. Labour lost Leave votes to the Conservatives and Remain votes to the Lib Dems (who couldn't turn them into seats ...


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It simply depends on the status of the territory: if it's part of a country which belongs to the EU then by definition it is part of the EU. Formally British Overseas Territories are not considered part of the UK: The British Overseas Territories (BOTs) or United Kingdom Overseas Territories (UKOTs) are fourteen territories under the jurisdiction and ...


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Under Article 50(2), once the European Parliament has approved the withdrawal agreement, the European Council (i.e. heads of government) will vote to approve it. None of these votes has yet happened. There is no need in EU law for the agreement to be ratified in individual parliaments. Only a qualified majority of EU states (15 states representing 65% of ...


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It comes from article 132, section 1 of the Withdrawal Agreement (WA), which states that: Notwithstanding Article 126, the Joint Committee may, before 1 July 2020, adopt a single decision extending the transition period for up to 1 or 2 years. (Article 126 states that the implementation period ends on 31 Dec 2020.) However, the new European Union (...


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At the point in which Caroline Lucas won the seat in 2010, Brighton Pavilion had already developed into a 4 way marginal between Labour, the Conservatives, the Green and the Liberal Democrats. In the previous election in 2005 the respective vote shares were 31.5%, 23.9%, 21.9%, and 16.5% (note boundary changes make some of these figures less usefult than is ...


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There isn’t an official list. But here’s the list of royals who undertook official engagements in the previous year (2019), a good gauge of the list of “working royals”: Princess Anne: 137 Prince Charles: 131 Queen Elizabeth II: 122 Prince Andrew: 105 Prince Edward: 78 The Duke of Kent: 76 Prince Harry: 69 Camilla, the Duchess of ...


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Under the Northern Ireland Act, 1998 (as amended): MLAs in the Northern Ireland Assembly can be designated as Unionist, Nationalist, or Other. The Alliance Party designats its MLAs as Other (Section 4(5A)). The First Minister will be nominated by the largest party of the largest designation (Section 16A(4)). So if Others outnumber both Unionists and ...


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Is it possible for the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland to form a Government if they win a majority? Yes, but representatives of minority parties would have positions in that government. The Alliance Party would lead the government and appoint a majority of ministers. is it possible for the Alliance Party to form an executive without the Unionists ...


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If the Speaker is formerly a member of the party in government, as well as all the Deputy Speakers, won't that cause issues for the party in power? As they lose a few crucial votes which would have come from those members. The Speaker and the Deputy Speakers are drawn from opposing sides of the house such that the net effect of lost votes is 0 (I.E. both ...


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This is politics. So the Australian trade minister gave an argument why a suggested trade deal wasn't acceptable. That doesn't mean his arguments are true, it means he wants a better deal. It is not too easy at the moment to move from the UK to Australia permanently, and I'm sure the Australians have their reasons for that. They are not just going to ...


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I'm not sure this is really a correct answer, but according to Deutsche Bank data both Sydney and Melbourne rank higher than London in average salaries and also in "disposable income" after cost of housing (but not living in general) is subtracted (although housing is a large chunk of that). So, Sydney and Melbourne are financially more attractive cities "...


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So why would unskilled (or low skilled) UK workers flood Sydney and Melbourne (if Australia gave them the chance)? For the same reason why hundreds of thousands of Britons currently live in Spain: better weather. Let's face it, weather in the UK is cold and rainy for the most part of the year. It's double miserable if you live in the northern parts of the ...


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There is no one answer to this question, but one of the many available paths to a British Republic is the path of ‘peaceful legal revolution’ of the type described by the respected Mark Moshinsky (now a Justice of the Federal Court of Australia) in a 1989 paper[1] (and others before and since). He did not in any way approach the subject of British ...


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Wind turbines are also rather tall, which means that they can be seen from far away. Per Wikipedia, the distance to the horizon in km for a 100m turbine is about 36 km. Add in the distance to any observer's horizon, and a 100m tall turbine is likely to be visible for almost 50 km. So a 100m turbine would have to be really far out at sea to be invisible. ...


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