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RULES: Motions
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This is the place for motion debates, debates on a particular question in the form of a single sentence standing with “That this House”, expressing the opinion of the House. Motions are numbered M-1, M-2, M-3, and so on and so forth.

Anyone can raise a motion debate, with a few restrictions, but if you cross the line (and that seldom happens), we’ll close debate. A straightforward restriction is that motions should be of the form “that this House…” (for example: “That this House believes the Secretary of State for Silly Affairs should stand on his head while whistling 'God Save the Queen'.”) Another restriction is that, in principle, motions are for backbenchers and opposition frontbenchers. Cabinet Ministers may not move motions.

Motion debates can be moved to express the opinion of the House on any issue, be it related to a scenario, just a backbencher’s pet issue, or in relation to certain government actions. Even if the issue isn’t particularly prominent, feel free to make a motion and start debating it! To move a motion, just create a thread, titled “M-(number): (topic of motion)”, with the first post containing the motion. It is also advisable to post a speech either in the same post or in the post after. As soon as the thread is made, the debate is open: there is no need to wait for the Speaker to say it is open; if it’s posted and the topic is not locked, it’s open and you can start debating right away! Also, although we will close debates that, after the minimum amount of time of 4 days has passed, have died down, there is no limit on how long debate will last.

Sending motions to a vote
Of course, it would be a waste of the House’s time to have a division on motions made by everyone and their grandmother. For that reason, only the Leader of the House (or the Prime Minister) may move a motion to division, with the only exception being the Shadow Leader of the House or Leader of the Opposition on an opposition day. To move a motion to division, the Leader of the House has two options to post in bold for our convenience, each with different consequences:

“Mr Speaker, Time will be allocated for division on this matter”: by moving that time be allocated, you let the House know the Government wishes the motion voted on, but not right away. Once debate has died down, the motion will be moved to division by the Speaker.

“Mr Speaker, I pray this motion advance to division” or “Mr Speaker, I pray the House do now divide on this matter” or something the like: seeing as moving this is more explicit, the Leader of the House announces that there is to be a division, and right now. As soon as the Speaker sees this motion by the House Leader, the debate will be closed and the House will divide. This motion can only be made after 4 days of debate have passed to prevent the Government from stifling debate by immediately sending motions to a vote.

Killing motions
Conversely, the Government can also decide when motions are not to be voted upon. Of course, they can do this by leaving the motion alone and letting it die on the floor of the House, but the government can also explicitly kill a motion.

To do this, the Leader of the House (or Prime Minister, and only the real House Leader) has to announce “Mr Speaker, time will not be allocated for division of this matter.” If this announcement is made, the debate will be closed after 4 days of debate from the start, or if these days have already elapsed, immediately upon the motion being registered by the Speaker.

Unanimous Consent
If it is plain that a motion will be passed by the House anyway, the Leader of the House can move as follows: "Mr Speaker, I pray this motion be adopted by the unanimous consent of the House." In such a case, the Speaker will give members objecting to the motion 24 hours to cry "Nay!" (just post it). If that does not happen, the motion is deemed adopted. If it does, debate will continue.

Motion of No confidence
A special case is a motion of no confidence, the motion “That this House has no confidence in Her Majesty’s Government”. For the motion to stand and to be accepted it has to mention Her Majesty's Government. For such a motion, different rules apply as to sending it to a vote. Of course, if the Government House Leader were allowed to choose when this motion was voted upon, time would not be allocated and the Government could never fail to obtain confidence. To make a motion of no confidence, the opposition has to use an opposition day, or it will not be valid. After 4 days of debate, a motion of no confidence will move to division automatically. If a motion of no confidence fails, the opposition cannot move another for 2 weeks. Anyway, it is best used sparingly.

The Queen’s Speech
At the opening of each parliamentary year, the Government has to write a Queen’s Speech detailing their agenda in the usual format of “My Government will do this, My Government will do that, and so on and so forth”. This speech, when sent to the AVs, will be debated in this forum as well, but special rules apply: before anyone else can speak, the the Leader of the Opposition must respond with the Loyal Address, followed by the Prime Minister, and they have to do so within 48 hours from the speech being posted, or they will just rise, thank the Queen, and sit down, which will be very bad for their party. After the two speeches have been posted, debate is open for 5 days
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Given the specific nature of the round the following rules are now in effect for Motions:

Opposition Day Motions
Rather than giving you a specific day for the opposition to take over the order paper we have decided to implement a new(ish) system. The Labour Party are to be allowed 1 Opposition Day Motion a real-life week, that motion shall refresh every Monday so if you snooze you lose. Other opposition parties are to be allowed one Opposition Day Motion a real-life month which shall refresh on the first of that month.

What can an Opposition Day Motion be used for I hear you ask? Well given the nature of the round the admins have agreed that there can be two types of motion. Motion numero uno is a simple motion expressing the will of the House. The motion can be as simple as "This House notes that the time is currently 11pm" or it can be much more complicated such as "That this House finds Ministers in contempt for their failure to comply with the requirements of the motion for return passed on 13 November 2018, to publish the final and full legal advice provided by the Attorney General to the Cabinet concerning the EU Withdrawal Agreement and the framework for the future relationship, and orders its immediate publication." if, for some strange reason, you want to hold the Government in contempt of Parliament.

Motion numero dos is a new type of motion we've never had to utilise before in PolUK because, up until last year, it was unprecedented for any Government to have to care about it. I am of course referring to the Timetable Motion. To use a Timetable Motion please denote its title as simply TTM: [Month]. Now these motions are often very packed and very dry so for PolUK we will simplify them to something like this:


Quote:The EU (Referendum) Bill 2019 shall be debated over the course of 2 days and voted on quickly


I know it's hardly fluent legalese but it gets the point across. For the purposes of this section a "quick" vote shall be a one day division where a normal division would be two. These kinds of motions will not be debated but shall themselves move swiftly to a "quick" vote when they are moved using an opposition day motion. Once they have been passed the debate shall be immediately initiated and shall follow the timetable set out by the motion (I'll lay that out as the Speaker at the top of said debate).
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