18 Crazy Laws From Around The World

18. UK – Illegal to Die in Parliament

The every day ins and outs of parliamentary procedure may seem rather tedious to the majority of citizens. Hours are whittled down debating the whys and wherefores of how to run a nation and it seems that very little real change results in the chambers of government. Is it entirely possible to slip the mortal coil whilst running the country? Yes, but apparently not everywhere is it perfectly legal! In the UK, a land with once the largest empire in history and with no actual written constitution, it is actually illegal for a politician (known as MPs, or Member of Parliament) to coin a British term, “pop their clogs,” in other words, die in Parliament. How to police this law is the perfect head scratcher for the endless reams of red tape merchants, who clog political arterial discourse. How does one go about punishing the dead, for example? Especially considering that a politician has died in the UK’s House of Commons, Prime Minister Spencer Percival, who was assassinated in the chamber. So following the logic of this law, both the murderer and the victim were criminals… good luck bringing the dead man to justice!
18. UK – Illegal to Die in Parliament