Thursday, 27 March 2014

Queen Elizabeth could lose royal consent

Queen Elizabeth could lose her right to consent to new laws as MPs have questioned whether the "arcane and complex" process of royal consent is still needed. PHOTO/BANG SHOWBIZ
 Queen Elizabeth could lose her right to consent to new laws as MPs have questioned whether the "arcane and complex" process of royal consent is still needed.


Britain's Queen Elizabeth could lose her right to consent to new laws.
MPs are discussing whether to abolish royal consent from the 87-year-old monarch and Prince Charles when ushering in new laws, and have declared the process of seeking consent from the queen and first in line to the throne "arcane and complex".
The Commons' Political and Constitutional Reform committee fears royal consent could fuel speculation the royal family has "undue influence" on policy making, however, they say the process is more a "matter of courtesy" and there is no evidence the royals have influenced law change.
A new report states: "The United Kingdom is a constitutional monarchy. The queen has the right to be consulted, to advise and to warn. But beyond that she should have no role in the legislative process.
"Its existence could be regarded as a matter of courtesy between the three parts of Parliament. Whether this is a compelling justification for its continuance is a matter of opinion."
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles are currently given approval of any laws that may affect royal matters or the interests of the Crown or Duchy of Cornwall.