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When Sir Jeffrey Donaldson campaigned to leave the EU, how exactly did he think the matter of the border would be resolved?
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Donaldson may have taken leave campaigners at their word when they said that the UK would either remain a member of the single market, or have unfettered access to it. If that were the case there ...

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Why does Boris Johnson seek to renegotiate the Brexit deal with the EU?
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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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Arguments for Scotland in non-EU United Kingdom?
5 votes

One argument that has been made is that Scotland would lose some access to the UK market, which is a major one for its economy. There seems to be some truth in that, as we have seen that Northern ...

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What is the dispute resolution authority between London and Brussels now?
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It's a mixture of different systems depending on the context. Exit Deal The UK and EU must each nominate 10 legal experts to form the ‘pool’ of potential panellists. They must jointly nominate five ...

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Explain for kids — Why isn't Northern Ireland demanding a stay/leave referendum like Scotland?
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Simply because the path to a referendum is very different in Northern Ireland. The Northern Ireland Act 1998, a statute of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, provides that Northern Ireland will ...

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Have issues surrounding the Northern Ireland border been resolved?
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The Irish Border issue has been temporarily resolved to the point at which the negotiations can proceed. When she was negotiating May described creating a border down the Irish Sea as something that ...

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In Brexit, what does "not compromise sovereignty" mean?
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It's a largely meaningless slogan that seeks to justify a "hard" brexit, one that cuts as many ties with the EU as possible. Leaving the EU is a huge loss of sovereignty. The UK's ability to ...

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In the absence of a trade deal, and an amended withdrawal agreement, how will smuggling be prevented across the Irish border?
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Initially the EU will probably try legal means to force the UK to enforce a new border down the Irish Sea. If that fails the point may become moot because Northern Ireland votes to rejoin Ireland in a ...

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What are the benefits of joining CPTPP over conducting FTAs with the individual members?
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2 votes

CPTTP may offer one benefit. A desperate and weakened UK reeling from brexit will be unlikely to get a good deal by negotiating individual agreements. Each country will be looking to exploit the UK's ...

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Is Biden more apt to press for harder terms and/or the renegotiation of the post-Brexit UK–US trade deal if he wins the Presidency?
1 votes

The Democrats have previously said that they would not do a trade deal if the Irish border was not resolved. Given that there seems to be little prospect of resolving it at the moment with the UK ...

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What is preventing the UK and the EU from progressing in the talks on post-Brexit trade?
13 votes

The main blocker is that the UK is not respecting the agreement it made with the EU in the Withdrawal Agreement. It's actually clear from the quotes you provided - the EU has clear and well ...

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Post-Brexit UK-EU trading relationship: Why (not) Canada?
4 votes

The sea separating the EU and the UK is not very wide and there are fast internet links (in fact I get a faster ping to the Netherlands than to London from inside the UK!) The UK also has the same ...

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Haven't the DUP violated their confidence-and-supply arrangement?
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The confidence and supply agreement was basically worthless to begin with. Just a fig leaf to cover up the fact that the Tories bribed the DUP with at least £1.5 billion, arguably a lot more. Since ...

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Why is Labour sticking with Jeremy Corbyn?
4 votes

Corbyn did remarkably well at the last election, making up huge ground against the Tories. Therefore going in to another election he seems like a good bet, as he has a proven track record when it ...

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What does it mean to support the brexit deal but need more time to scrutinise it?
6 votes

Today was only the second reading, which is an agreement on the principal but not the detail. So MPs are saying they agree with leaving the EU with a deal, but not that they accept the deal Boris ...

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Why did the EU agree with a Stormont vote when the Assembly might not even meet?
1 votes

The previous rejection was because the requirement for a supermajority would have give the DUP an effective veto. If the DUP vetoed the arrangement it would open up the Irish border problem again, ...

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How can the British government both obey the Benn Act and still leave without a Brexit deal?
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The UK government cannot do both those things. Boris Johnson and others in his government who say it can are lying. Guran's suggestion that the government could try to dissuade the EU from granting ...

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Can Boris Johnson invoke the Civil Contingencies Act to suspend the Benn law?
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Even if he tried to, the courts would likely not be very amused by it and take steps to make sure the Benn Act was enforced anyway. Courts take a dim view of people trying to get around the law on ...

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What does the British parliament hope to achieve by requesting a third Brexit extension?
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In the short term the stated goal is to prevent no-deal, which many in Parliament see as damaging to the UK. Beyond that being forced to ask for an extension will damage the Tories and their leader ...

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Is a no-deal Brexit illegal, and therefore invalid?
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Not just the Good Friday Agreement, but now also the Benn Act makes leaving without a deal on 31st October, without the refusal of the EU to grant an extension, illegal. The question of if that would ...

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Customs checks and Brexit
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In a word, yes. The backstop, which this idea is supposed to replace, was only ever intended to be used if the UK and EU could not agree on terms by the end of the transition period (currently ...

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Could Boris Johnson face criminal charges for illegally proroguing Parliament?
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At this point the court has not ruled that what he did was illegal, only that it did not comply with the laws of the land and thus should be voided. If he tries to prorogue again or refuses to follow ...

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Why did Boris Johnson fly home after the prorogation of parliament was declared illegal?
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It would have looked very bad for Boris if he had not returned, having just lost a major court case and with Parliament meeting to scrutinize his actions. If he had stayed away it would have looked ...

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What happens if the Prime Minister breaks the Benn Act law?
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If the PM does not obey the law he could be taken to court over the matter. In that case the court could send the letter on his behalf, requesting the extension. However, I think Boris will likely ...

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If the EU does not offer an extension to UK's Article 50 invocation, is the Benn Bill irrelevant?
5 votes

If the extension is rejected there are two options available to Parliament. Pass a law forcing the PM to revoke Article 50. Pass a motion of no confidence in the government, form an alternative ...

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Is May’s deal still on the table?
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3 votes

The Commons can vote on pretty much anything, including May's deal. The EU has already agreed to it and has not signalled that it wishes to retract that agreement.

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Could Boris Johnson send the extension to Brussels via a slow route that would not arrive before Oct.31
4 votes

He could try, but it would likely be illegal and he could face jail. British courts tend to take a dim view of people trying to subvert the intent of clear laws using technicalities or shenanigans. ...

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Exact Brexit date and consequences
10 votes

The UK is scheduled to leave the EU at 11 PM on the 31st of October. It's 11 PM because that is midnight in Central European Time which is what the EU mostly uses for administrative purposes. That ...

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Why can't (doesn't?) Boris Johnson resign?
2 votes

In the UK if Boris resigned it would simply mean that some other Tory takes over. There would be a Tory leadership contest. Basically the Tories can't voluntarily stop being the government now, all ...

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What happens if the UK government refuses to function or carry out its duties?
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There are two main options. Motion of no confidence in the government, allowing an alternative government (that commands a majority) to take over. If no alternative is viable then a General Election ...

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