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Queen warning: ‘Unaccountable’ monarch told she’s powerless to protect Royal Family future

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Republic is an organisation that campaigns for the abolishment of the monarchy and for Queen Elizabeth II to be replaced by an elected, democratic head of state. Graham Smith, the CEO of Republic, told Express.co.uk that Queen has made it clear she will do what the Prime Minister tells her even if it is judged to be constitutionally wrong.  

Mr Smith said: “The big problem is that our head of state should be independent from the Government and should be able to intervene when a Government says they know what they are doing is going to break international law.

“You would expect the head of state to be able to say you cannot do that.

The current situation is that the Government policies itself and its own standards, while making its own decisions.

There is very little beyond a large-scale backbench rebellion that can be done to challenge that.

“The role of the head of state should be to protect the constitution and referee in the political process.”

He continued: “That would be great, but we cannot do that with the Queen because she is not independent and she is not accountable.

“If you have someone stepping in and intervening, then they also have to be accountable for the decisions they make.

“The Queen can’t do that and won’t do that.

“She has made it very clear, particularly with last years prorogation of Parliament that she will only do what she is told by the Prime Minister even if it is then judged to be wrong constitutionally.

“This really comes down to one of the big reason why we need to get rid of the monarchy.

“So, we can create the office of head of state and someone who can intervene and referee the political system when there are these big constitutional questions.”

The Republic CEO added that the monarch will not exercise the power regardless of whether the Prime Minister breaks international law as it would jeopardise the her popularity among Brexiteers.

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Mr Smith said: “She could have a very strong word privately, saying I may dismiss your Government if you go down this road. She could also make public statements as well.

“The problem is she will not do any of that because that will jeopardise her own position.

“The Government would simply turn round and say you fail us we will fail you.

“I think it would make republicans out of a lot of Brexiteers.

“A lot of people who support Boris Johnson would see that as a betrayal by the Queen.”

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