Politics quiz: Scottish independence, budget U-turns and Brexit

James Walsh
First Minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon waves during the SNP spring conference in Aberdeen. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA
  1. Who said she might quit as an MP after one term, saying of Westminster: “Professionally, it is more just that so little gets done. It is so old and defunct in terms of its systems and procedures – a lot of the time, it is just a waste of time.”

    1. Boris Johnson

    2. Mhairi Black

    3. Sarah Champion

    4. George Osborne

  2. Brexit<br>MPs return their result after voting to reject Lord's amendment on EU nationals rights in the House of Commons, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday March 13, 2017. See PA story POLITICS Brexit. Photo credit should read: PA Wire

    The Brexit bill passed its last parliamentary hurdles, allowing the government to trigger article 50 before the end of March. Which two amendments did MPs overturn on Monday?

    1. A "meaningful vote" on the final Brexit deal, and a pledge to secure Britain's place in the single market

    2. Guaranteeing the rights of EU citizens in the UK and giving parliament a “meaningful vote” on the final Brexit deal

    3. Guaranteeing the rights of EU citizens in the UK and securing special dispensation for Scotland's place in the single market

    4. A new referendum on the final Brexit deal, and a guaranteed, detailed replacement for the Common Agricultural Policy

  3. Scottish independence referendum<br>Filer photo dated 15/09/14 of businessman Jon Gamble from go2eventhire as he asks the question YES or NO with illuminated signs near Dunblane, Scotland, ahead of voting in the Scottish Referendum on September 18th. The Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said a new independence referendum should be held between autumn 2018 and spring 2019. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday March 13, 2017. See PA story POLITICS Brexit Scotland. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

    Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced plans to stage a second independence referendum within two years. What was the vote in 2014's referendum?

    1. No, Scotland should not be an independent country: 57.3%; Yes, Scotland should be an independent country: 42.7%

    2. No, 55.3%; Yes, 44.7%

    3. No, 53.2%; Yes, 46.8%

    4. No, 51.8%; Yes, 48.2%

  4. Who said they were “absolutely fine” with the idea of a new Scottish independence referendum taking place?

    1. Nicola Sturgeon

    2. Alex Salmond

    3. Jeremy Corbyn

    4. Theresa May

  5. Jeremy Corbyn Supports Labour's New MP For Stoke-on-Trent Central<br>STOKE-ON-TRENT, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 24: UKIP volunteers lock up and leave the vandalised UKIP campaign office after their leader Paul Nuttall lost the Stoke Central by-election in Stoke on February 24, 2017 in Stoke-on-Trent, England. Labour held their seat in the Stoke-On-Trent by-election but lost to the Conservatives in the Copeland by-election. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

    Which prominent member of Ukip said he was quitting the party to concentrate on building a new movement?

    1. Nigel Farage

    2. Neil Hamilton

    3. Douglas Carswell

    4. Arron Banks

  6. Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond leaves Downing Street in London, Britain<br>Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Hammond leaves Downing Street in London, Britain, March 15, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville

    Wednesday saw a dramatic U-turn as Philip Hammond's plans to increase national insurance contributions for the self-employed were dropped. Who did Hammond say first spotted the policy went against the Tory manifesto?

    1. George Osborne

    2. Theresa May

    3. Jeremy Corbyn

    4. The BBC's Laura Kuenssberg

  7. A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) shows British Prime Minister Theresa May (L) and British Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond as they listen to a speaker during Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs) in the House of Commons in London on March 15, 2017. Prime Minister Theresa May said Tuesday she would be given the power to start Brexit talks within days but declined to name a date for a process already disrupted by Scotland's independence bid. / AFP PHOTO / PRU AND AFP PHOTO / HO / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT

    At PMQs, who asked: "The prime minister has just done a £2bn Budget u-turn in the space of about a week. Last year the government did a £4bn u-turn in the space of five days. Is that why they want to abolish spring budgets? Because they just keep ripping them up?"

    1. Jeremy Corbyn

    2. Ed Miliband

    3. Yvette Cooper

    4. Angus Robertson

  8. Counting For Dutch General Election Begins<br>AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 15: Volunteers empty a ballot box onto the floor on March 15, 2017 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The counting of the ballot papers started directly after 9pm, when the polling stations closed. The counting is done by each polling station separately, before the counts are reported to a central place. PHOTOGRAPH BY Michael Debets / Pacific Press / Barcroft Images London-T:+44 207 033 1031 E:hello@barcroftmedia.com - New York-T:+1 212 796 2458 E:hello@barcroftusa.com - New Delhi-T:+91 11 4053 2429 E:hello@barcroftindia.com www.barcroftimages.com

    Which party ended up the largest following the Dutch parliamentary election?

    1. Freedom party (PVV)

    2. People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD)

    3. Christian Democrats (CDA)

    4. The GreenLeft party

  9. Amid wider police probes into election spending, which Tory MP was interviewed under caution as part of an ongoing police inquiry into whether the party overspent in its campaign for his seat?

    1. Craig Mackinlay

    2. Byron Davies

    3. Jo Churchill

    4. Jacob Reece-Mogg

  10. Pedestrians walk past an Evening Standard newspaper distributor, with the paper's main headline referring to British Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond's budget plans, on Regent Street in central London on March 6, 2017. British Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond has said he will keep chopping away at the deficit to get Britain fit to face Brexit, as he prepares to deliver his budget on March 8. / AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALLBEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images

    Which former chancellor has been appointed as the new editor of the London Evening Standard?

    1. Ed Balls

    2. George Osborne

    3. Alistair Darling

    4. Kenneth Clarke

Solutions

1:B - Black was the youngest MP for centuries, 2:B, 3:B - Turnout was an impressive 84.59%. Recent polls suggest a second vote could be even tighter, 4:C - Corbyn said: “If a referendum is held then it is absolutely fine, it should be held,” he said. “I don’t think it’s the job of Westminster or the Labour party to prevent people holding referenda.” He later blamed “mischievous misreporting” for twisting his words., 5:D - The millionaire Ukip donor announced the break by quoting the pop star Taylor Swift: “We are never ever getting back together … like ever.”, 6:D - Responding to Alex Salmond, Hammond said: “Since he asked me the question who first raised the issue of the manifesto, I think credit where credit is due, I think it was actually Laura Kuenssberg on the BBC shortly after I said it in the Budget speech.", 7:C - Jeremy Corbyn was widely criticised for failing to make the most of his allotted questions for the PM., 8:B - The Dutch prime minister, Mark Rutte, swept aside the challenge of the anti-Islam, anti-EU, populist Geert Wilders, to the relief of other EU leaders, 9:A - Will Quince, the MP for Colchester, said he voluntarily attended an interview under caution last January, but had been told by Essex Police he faced no further action., 10:B - Ed Miliband, ever the wag, tweeted in response: "I will shortly be announced as editor of Heat magazine...."

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