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Does the Queen have to be involved in the formal Article 50 statement?
by asdf on Tue Jun 28th, 2016 at 02:24:23 PM EST
Hi, asdf! I am so glad to see you after such a long absence. I will let the Brits answer the question about the Queen. Formally, I believe it is no. Practically, I suspect it may well be more complicated. Nor do I know which way she would come down on the issue.

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Jun 28th, 2016 at 03:10:38 PM EST
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No, the prime minister can exercise powers "on her behalf" without involving her

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Jun 28th, 2016 at 03:19:34 PM EST
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And what about the House of Lords?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Jun 28th, 2016 at 04:01:21 PM EST
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no say either, it's the government of ministers acting on the Royal prerogative which would avoid the possibility of a Leave prime minister having to face a possibly remain house of commons or Lords

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Jun 28th, 2016 at 04:06:18 PM EST
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Or possibly not. I've seen informed chatter that since it invalidates an act of Parliament it's possible Parliament would have to authorise it. We could have the courts involved too. Wheeee.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Tue Jun 28th, 2016 at 04:08:13 PM EST
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There is a quite interesting debate of this question on Verfassungsblog, partly in German, partly in English.
http://verfassungsblog.de/tag/brexit/
by Katrin on Wed Jun 29th, 2016 at 10:43:36 AM EST
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This is precisely a question that interests me- the role of the House of Lords. It appears the Lords are used on occasion to get the commons off the hook, ie a law is deliberately worded and passed so that the Lords will trash it, saving face for all. but then we need a knowledgeable Brit to weigh in on this.
by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Tue Jun 28th, 2016 at 10:08:33 PM EST
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I'd think the problem with that is the age of the people in the lords is the age of people most likely to vote out.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Jun 29th, 2016 at 12:17:40 AM EST
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I've heard debate is far more informed there than elsewhere...
by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Wed Jun 29th, 2016 at 12:33:38 AM EST
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(which isn't saying much)
by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Wed Jun 29th, 2016 at 12:34:09 AM EST
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Well, they did want to leave the EU because of its democratic deficit.....
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Jun 30th, 2016 at 07:00:56 AM EST
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