Her Majesty will not be able to overrule Brexit. This, despite having the power to stop bills from being passed by Parliament, academic experts have claimed.
Top constitutional lawyers and academics are debating over Queen Elizabeth’s potential role in Brexit. It also has rising concerns she could be swayed into withholding assent to the Brexit bill.
Under Britain’s unwritten constitution, Her Majesty must give royal assent to all legislation passed by the Houses of Parliament before it can become law. However, she can also decide to refuse a particular assent for any piece of legislation. Lord Pannick, wrote to The Times insisting the Queen’s decision to withhold her assent be “utterly without precedent”.
He wrote the letter, saying:-
“Queen Elizabeth’s agreement to give her assent to a bill is a formality. Given that Brexit is the most politically explosive, the notion of involving the monarch in vetoing a Brexit bill ought to be regarded as inconceivable”.
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Even though Her Majesty retains the power to veto any legislation, this has not been in practise since the reign of Queen Anne. Queen Anne used it to veto the Scottish Militia Act in 1707. However, Rodney Brazier, professor at Manchester University, said it would be unconstitutional for the Queen to not accept the advice of her ministers.
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Rodney Brazier wrote, saying:-
“Few actions more dangerous to the perceived and vital political neutrality of constitutional monarchy could be imagined, than the Queen rejecting the government’s advice. The convention that Queen Elizabeth acts on ministerial advice is based in democracy”.
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Her Majesty has never made her views on Brexit clear. That is because she must remain politically neutral as head of the state. In a speech at Sandringham Women’s Institute last month, the monarch called for “common ground”, respecting “different point of views” and “never losing sight of the bigger picture”.
Addressing the crowd, she said:-
“The continued emphasis on patience, friendship and considering the needs of others are important today. They are as important as they were when the group was founded all those years ago. Of course, every generation faces fresh challenges and opportunities”.
“As we look for new answers in the modern age, I for one prefer the tried and tested recipes. Such as speaking well of each other and respecting different points of view. Also, coming together to seek out the common ground”.