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‘To encourage & warn’ - What advice does the Queen take from her Prime Minister?

”The prime minister’s advice to HM the Queen and the prorogation which followed thereon was unlawful and is thus null and of no effect”. With this brief sentence, a panel of judges in Scotland has placed the relationship between the Queen and her Prime Minister under a greater spotlight than perhaps at any previous time in her 67-year reign. It follows a legal challenge to…
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State & Ceremonial

Just what is it like to be a Lord or Lady?

For centuries, hereditary titles were dispensed to close allies of the Sovereign as a mark of the Monarch’s patronage, nowadays hereditary titles are no longer dispensed and having an existing hereditary title no longer permits one to sit in the House of Lords. Instead what are known as ‘life peerages’ are awarded which permit the holder to bear a title and sit in the House of Lords. On…
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Bercow rules that Queen's consent is not required for bill blocking no-deal Brexit

The Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, has ruled that The Queen’s consent is not required for the bill being debated in the House of Commons on Wednesday which seeks to block a no-deal Brexit. This partly scuppers the government’s hopes to block the bill from coming into law should it be passed. The Queen’s consent and Royal Assent are different things and…
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The 22 MPs set to bring down the government tomorrow

The United Kingdom is edging closer and closer to a General Election as Boris Johnson’s government looks set to lose its majority in the House of Commons. The government, which currently has a Parliamentary majority of just one MP, will likely be forced into an early general election as Conservative MPs face expulsion from the party. This comes after the Prime Minister issued a threat…
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