The British Republican Movement on Monday announced its campaign move to make the case for holding a referendum on the future of the British monarchy after the Queen’s death.
National Sportslink learned that the grassroots movement that has over 5,000 members and 35,000 supporters claims the British monarchy is not the “harmless tourist attraction some people think” rather, it has a history of abusing public money and meddling in politics.
The Chief Executive of Republic, Graham Smith said the organization’s view is to have a referendum as soon as possible. He believes the period of time between the Queen’s funeral and Prince Charles’ coronation will provide an opportune moment.
“It will be the first time most people have seen a change in the head of state,” he says. “I think that’s going to be a slightly odd, jarring experience for a lot of people. All of a sudden you’ve got this other monarch who has been hoisted upon us and no debate about who it is going to be.
“For once, actually seeing hereditary power in practice – you’ll actually see the inheritance of the throne taking place”.
He further stated “It (the referendum) is to get rid of it… it needs to be a straight-forward constitutional reform referendum. We may win or we may lose but the succession would change public opinion, it will change the nature of the debate.
“I think most public opinion is indifferent to the whole thing and awful lot of it is tied up with the Queen. Over the next ten years, the debate is going to pick up because people will be coming alive to the fact that Charles is looming on the horizon as King.”
During a convention of the Alliance of European Republic Movements in Madrid last week Smith said that while there is “nothing wrong with turning 90,” there is “something wrong with turning 90 when you have been Queen of England for sixty-something years”.
In a recording of the event published on YouTube, Smith added: “When the Queen dies, the moment she is declared dead, Charles is king. So there is no gap. And there is certainly no official plan for a referendum. He is the king immediately. The coronation would be about six months later.
National Sportslink recalls that Queen Elizabeth II breaks the record held by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria and becomes the UK’s longest-reigning head of state and many people across the country celebrated this historic milestone.