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U.K. Parliament Votes to Continue Democracy by Zoom

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A sparsely attended session of Parliament.

U.K. lawmakers on Tuesday unanimously voted to hold a "virtual Parliament" in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

Credit: Euronews

U.K. lawmakers on Tuesday unanimously voted to hold a "virtual Parliament" to maintain the machinery of democracy via the Zoom videoconferencing platform, while observing social-distancing mandates during the coronavirus pandemic.

In the weeks and perhaps months ahead, Parliament will debate legislation and scrutinize the executive in weekly "Prime Minister's Questions" through new "hybrid proceedings."

This so-called Zoom Parliament will query the prime minister from their homes.

Voting also will take place remotely, but until balloting can be managed without threat of glitch or hack, the government said it would introduce only legislation that would pass by overwhelming consent, meaning that no paper balloting would be necessary, just a virtual shout of "aye" or "no."

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