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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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If the UK government doesn't ask for article 50 extension, can parliament do it instead?
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The EU can't really help here. The law in the UK is that EU membership ceases on the 31st of October, which means the treaties are no longer in effect and for example the EU courts have no ...

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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?
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In Boris' mind Germany and France are running the show. I suppose he believed a bit too much of his own nonsense, as it's the kind of thing he used to write about the EU when he was a journalist. The ...

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Did Michel Barnier and Leo Varadkar say that "no deal", there won't be a hard border between the Irelands?
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The short answer is that the EU and UK would be obliged to establish a border because of WTO rules on trade. If the EU doesn't have border controls with the UK it can't have border controls with any ...

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What is the evidence for the "tyranny of the majority problem" in a direct democracy context?
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Brexit is a very recent example. The referendum posed a binary question: remain in or leave the EU. When the decision to leave was made, the slim majority was able to strip away rights and freedoms ...

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Was the withdrawal agreement in Article 50 intended to be the statement of future relationship?
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Some aspects of the future relationship are defined in the Withdrawal Agreement, such as the rights of citizens. For example if they are able to obtain permanent residence of citizenship on an ...

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Fake News: How can a government of and by the people address the problem?
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The most common solution is to have some independent means of checking the media and arbitrating disputes. That could be an independent judiciary, or an independent regulator. The advantage of a ...

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Do free trade agreements involve the pooling of sovereignty?
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It really depends on the deal. The EU's single market is a pooling of sovereignty. Each country has more control than it would on its own, because the EU is such a large and powerful block that it ...

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How does European Commission deal with EU countries language subtleties / local context?
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They have staff who are experts on these issues, and receive briefings from them.

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How does Brexit affect trade between the UK and countries outside of the EU?
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If the UK decides to stay in regulatory alignment with the EU (i.e. take all current and future EU regulations) it might be able to agree with other countries to adopt existing EU trade deals. If the ...

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Why were European organisations named so ambiguously and confusingly?
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Mostly for historic reasons. The EU has been constantly evolving over time, incorporating various other organizations and treaties, and all happening in a variety of European languages. There is some ...

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When a country wins a war, will the winner country rule the losing one?
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There is only one legal way to wage war under international law, enforced by the UN. That is in self defence, and when the war is concluded by ending the threat everything must be returned to the ...

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To what extent can a member of the EU limit certain rights to its citizens only?
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It's not possible. The principal of freedom of movement of labour is that someone can go and work in another EU country without impediment, the same as goods and services can be moved/provided across ...

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Does a hard border in Ireland necessarily breach the Good Friday Agreement?
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Firstly, the GFA is not the sole reason for the backstop. It also protects the Single Market, which is over 6x larger than the UK market so obviously the EU is going to prioritize it's security. As ...

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Would Brexit have gone ahead by now if Gina Miller had not forced the Government to involve Parliament?
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Moo has the right facts but comes to the wrong conclusion. If it were not for Gina Miller then the government would not have had to pass legislation in order to trigger Article 50. It was the ...

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Why didn't Ireland and the UK unify their visa regimes?
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One major reason why they can't agree is that Ireland is very pro EU (>90% support) and the UK is heavily divided on the issue to say the least. Being pro-EU means accepting freedom of movement of ...

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When does someone from England identify themselves as British versus identifying themselves as English?
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As someone born in England I find this question quite difficult. I usually try to phrase it as "I'm from the UK", because both "British" and "English" have strong negative connotations. English has ...

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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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Were the British always among the most skeptical about free movement of people in the EU?
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There are several reasons. One of the simplest is geography: the mainland UK is an island and only Northern Ireland shares a land border with another state. In other European countries people are used ...

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What is the difference between something being completely legal and being completely decriminalized?
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Something that decriminalized is still technically illegal, but there is no punishment for it and law enforcement does nor pursue people for it. People previously convicted of the crime are not ...

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What reasons do Brexiteers have for wanting to be part of TPP?
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Brexiteers oppose free trade because it includes things they don't like. For example, freedom of movement of workers. Companies need to move staff around and hire across borders, and having barriers ...

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Why is President Trump ending affirmative action in college admissions so controversial?
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There seems to be a widespread misconception that affirmative action creates unfairness. By "favouring" some people others are disadvantaged, sometimes called "reverse racism". This is a ...

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Have tariffs/protectionism ever worked?
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It depends how you define "worked". For example, a steel tariff might help steel producers, but is likely to harm consumers of steel like automobile manufacturers and construction workers due to their ...

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