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The United Kingdom has historically played a leading role in developing parliamentary democracy and in advancing literature and science. At its zenith in the 19th century, the British Empire stretched over one-fourth of the earth's surface. The first half of the 20th century saw the UK's strength seriously depleted in two world wars and the Irish Republic's withdrawal from the union. The second half witnessed the dismantling of the Empire and the UK rebuilding itself into a modern and prosperous European nation. As one of five permanent members of the UN Security Council and a founding member of NATO and the Commonwealth, the UK pursues a global approach to foreign policy. The Scottish Parliament, the National Assembly for Wales, and the Northern Ireland Assembly were established in 1999. The latter was suspended until May 2007 due to wrangling over the peace process, but devolution was fully completed in March 2010.

The UK was an active member of the EU from 1973 to 2016, although it chose to remain outside the Economic and Monetary Union. However, frustrated by a remote bureaucracy in Brussels and massive migration into the country, UK citizens on 23 June 2016 narrowly voted to leave the EU. The so-called “Brexit” will take years to carry out but could be the signal for referenda in other EU countries where skepticism of EU membership benefits is strong.

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Regulations
United Kingdom, Europe, Northern Europe

These Regulations make provision in England for the administration and enforcement of compliance of farmers with a range of laws and standards regarding "good agricultural and environmental condition". The Secretary of State, as the competent national authority, shall be responsible for providing farmers with a list of the statutory management requirements and standards of good agricultural and environmental condition on their land.

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Legislation
United Kingdom, Europe, Northern Europe

This Order amends Part 1 of Schedule 8 to the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 as it applies to England. Section 64 of the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 entitles the tenant of an agricultural holding, on termination of the tenancy and quitting of the holding, to compensation from the landlord for an improvement specified in Part 1 of Schedule 8 which the tenant has carried out on the holding.

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Regulations
United Kingdom, Europe, Northern Europe

These Regulations provide for the authorization of the compulsory acquisition of land within the framework of consent for certain types of nationally significant infrastructure projects. The Regulations set out the procedure and forms to be used when an Order granting development consent authorizes the compulsory acquisition of land.

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Regulations
United Kingdom, Europe, Northern Europe

These Regulations implement Commission Regulation (EC) No 1122/2009, which establishes cross-compliance requirements under Council Regulation (EC) No 73/2009. They set out the requirements for farmers claiming subsidy under the single payment scheme. The requirements are set out in Schedule 1. Schedule 2 lists exceptions from those requirements.

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Legislation
United Kingdom, Europe, Northern Europe

This Act makes provision for certain procedures and measures in relation to the enforcement of rights on real property relating to debt. Where a creditor has taken enforcement action (as described above) over property used for residential purposes, the Act makes provision for the sheriff court, on the application of the debtor or certain other persons, to suspend the enforcement process in appropriate cases.

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Regulations
United Kingdom, Europe, Northern Europe

These Regulations specify the application form to be used by a crofting community body when it is seeking the consent of the Scottish Ministers to purchase eligible croft land or sporting interests (reg. 2 and Schedule 1). The Regulations also specify in Schedule 2 the form to be used by Scottish Ministers when giving notification of their decision on such an application by a crofting community body. This form gives details of the rights of appeal available in relation to the decision of Scottish Ministers, and also sets out the consequences of their decision.

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Regulations
United Kingdom, Europe, Northern Europe

This Order grants planning permission in respect of certain development which is necessary for the purposes of housing poultry and other captive birds to protect them from avian influenza. The Order applies to land within a controlled zone, H5N1 controlled zone, wild bird control area or wild bird monitoring area declared by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and to any identified premises. Where this Order applies, no specific application for planning permission is needed for the development permitted by this Order.

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