Brexit and the law
Fact checks including the UK's legal relationship with the EU and the passing of the Brexit Bill in the UK parliament
What does proroguing parliament mean?
We explain what it means to prorogue parliament, why it’s controversial, and how it could affect Brexit.
A new Brexit bill doesn’t allow the EU to unilaterally extend the Brexit date
Parliament has the power to reject an extension date suggested by the EU.
No postal votes from the EU referendum are recorded as “missing”
Over one million postal votes weren’t returned or were rejected during the EU referendum. A higher proportion of postal votes were counted than at the two previous elections.
Law fact checks
Article 61 of the Magna Carta doesn’t mean you don’t have to pay council tax
Those liable do have to pay council tax, and nothing in the Magna Carta stops that being the case.
10% of criminal barristers haven’t quit in the past year
The number of criminal barristers has stayed steady, but the number working full-time on publicly-funded cases has fallen.