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What is preventing the UK and the EU from progressing in the talks on post-Brexit trade?
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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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What is the UK government hoping to gain by the continued prevarication on brexit negotiations?
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You give the UK government too much credit. It isn't deliberately prevaricating, it is the Tory party trying to handle its internal divisions. The Tory party has two main sides on Brexit, which are ...

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Why has the UK chosen to use Huawei infrastructure when Five Eyes allies haven't?
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It's difficult to say for sure as the arguments are not made public. However, we can speculate that it is most likely due to commercial pressure. Huawei dominates the 5G market, being well ahead in ...

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Why is consensus so controversial in Britain?
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In addition to the other great answers, it's usual for politicians to continually denigrate their opposition. Corbyn has been called a Marxist (!) and "dangerous", and that's just the milder stuff. ...

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Exact Brexit date and consequences
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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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Who are the so-called "political elite" in Britain?
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Anyone except members of the Brexit Party. The name calling is not based on any kind of reason or clear definition, it's just an insult hurled at anyone who opposes the Brexit Party (and before that ...

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What are valid criticisms of how Theresa May has approached Brexit?
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May's problems mostly stem from her inflexibility and unwillingness to cooperate or listen to others. Early on in the process May set out certain "red lines", things she would not compromise on. Many ...

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Why don't hard Brexiteers insist on a hard border to prevent illegal immigration after Brexit?
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The hard Brexiteers don't really care about immigration. Immigration was just a tool they used to get what they really want: economic freedom to exploit the UK. Things like employment rights and ...

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Would it be illegal for the UK to negotiate a trade deal with the EU while still a member?
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The UK could negotiate a trade deal, but other countries aren't really interested in putting resources into a negotiation that will probably take several years anyway at this stage. Until the UK has ...

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Why can't Northern Ireland just have a stay/leave referendum?
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Northern Ireland could aim for independence, or more likely to become part of Ireland. The latter is known as a "border poll" and has been proposed before. There is in fact a mechanism to trigger a ...

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Within what limits can the prime minister ask the queen to prorogue parliament?
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The limits can only be decided by a court, because the UK does not have written constitution setting them out. The PM advises the queen to prorogue Parliament. There is an unwritten rule that the ...

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Can the Queen refuse to suspend the Parliament?
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In theory the queen could refuse, but in practice it's basically impossible. Her role is ceremonial, she is expected to do as "advised" by her ministers and nothing else. If she were to exercise her ...

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Why is the UK government awarding contracts for extra ferry services?
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In the event of a no-deal crash out of the EU, France, Belgium and the Netherlands would be obliged to introduce checks at their ports for goods arriving from the UK. Those checks would create severe ...

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Does the introduction of proportional representation lead to extremists getting elected to parliament?
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PR is often promoted as being more representative because it results in greater plurality, i.e. a greater variety of views and parties in government. The alternative you mention, First Past the Post, ...

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Why is a "hard border" between Ireland and Northern Ireland such a problem for EU/UK negotiations around brexit?
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Beyond the threat of violence, there is also a severe risk of the UK breaking up. The laws governing Northern Ireland require that if there appears to be enough support for reunification with Ireland ...

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Can proroguing Parliament have any practical effect on Brexit?
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The government is responsible for negotiating the UK's exit from the EU (or cancelling it), so the idea Parliament could come to some kind of conclusion is really a distortion of the truth used by ...

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Is the EU 'punishing' the UK for Brexit? How so?
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No. The EU is simply being fair to the UK and to all other countries, members or otherwise. The offers made to the UK have all been based on what other countries outside the EU have available to them....

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How does Turkey's purchase of the S-400 anti-air system jeopardize the F-35?
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If Turkey has both the S-400 air defence system and the F-35, it will be able to test the two together. The US is worried that the opportunity to gather extensive data on detecting the F-35 with the S-...

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Where are the "shires" in the UK?
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In the context that The Guardian is using it, the shires are areas whose names end in -shire. For example Wiltshire and Hampshire. Traditionally most of those areas have been politically conservative ...

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What options are left, if Britain cannot decide?
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The EU can't force the UK to stay. The UK can unilaterally withdraw from the treaties that make it part of the EU. The EU continuing to act as if the UK had not withdrawn would be pointless and ...

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A vote on the Brexit backstop
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A poll of this nature would be opposed by the DUP and other Unionist groups. If Northern Ireland were to remain in a customs union with the EU, while the rest of the UK left, it would simply shift the ...

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Why would the UK government be reluctant to rule out a no-deal Brexit?
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The government has no other bargaining chips. The EU will prioritize its biggest market, the single market, over the UK. The UK needs the EU far more than the EU needs the UK. The only thing left ...

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What would be the subject of a second Brexit Referendum?
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Possible options include: The UK should leave the EU with no deal. The UK should accept whatever deal the government gets. The UK should ask for an extension and try to negotiate a better deal. The ...

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Why is the British government waiting until March 29th to officially Brexit?
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March 29th is the Friday before the 1st of April, the new financial year. That gives financial institutions the weekend to calm their nerves, get IT systems up and running and make a "clean" break on ...

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Why is EU so prolific with its regulations?
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The EU isn't prolific with regulations. Most of the regulations it passes already exist in member states, and the EU is just harmonizing them across the continent. The classic example of this is the "...

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Has David Davis accepted that we must have straight bananas?
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It's not clear what the UK government wants to commit to. The "straight bananas" rule is actually a classic Euro Myth. The rule was a British one, already part of British law. The EU noticed that ...

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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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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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What constitutes a bad deal for Brexit?
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Labour defined a successful Brexit as one that retains free trade and access to the single market. Since this has already been ruled out by the UK government, all the available options could now be ...

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Independent, post-Brexit Scotland - would there be a hard border with England?
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It would be up to Scotland to find a solution to the border issue, given that Scotland is the one trying to change its customs arrangement and presumably set a different immigration policy to the UK. ...

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