Royal family enjoys veto power in all British govt. affairs

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The British Queen and her son Prince Charles enjoy a veto power, by which they can annul any new laws being drafted against their interest in the government, it has been revealed.

The revelation came after the coalition government lost the battle to keep information about the level of royal interference in politics secret.

Governmental papers prepared by Cabinet Office lawyers showed that overall at least 39 bills have been subject to the most senior royals’ little-known power to approve or reject new laws.

The documents also revealed that the power has been used to abolish planned legislation relating to decisions about the country going to war.

The documents, named as the internal Whitehall pamphlet, were only released following a court order and revealed that ministers and civil servants are obliged to consult the Queen and Prince Charles in greater detail and over more areas of lawmaking than was originally understood.

The new laws that were required to receive the seal of approval from Elizabeth II or Prince Charles cover issues from higher education and paternity pay to identity cards and child maintenance.

In one incident on the matter, the Queen completely banned the Military Actions Against Iraq Bill in 1999, a private member’s bill that required the transfer of power from the monarch to parliament to allow military strikes against Iraq.

The British monarch was also asked to consent to the Civil Partnership Act 2004 because it contained a declaration about the legality of a civil partnership that would bind her.

“This is opening the eyes of those who believe the Queen only has a ceremonial role,” said Andrew George, Liberal Democrat MP for St Ives, which includes land owned by the Duchy of Cornwall, the Prince of Wales’ hereditary estate.

George added, “At any stage this issue could come up and surprise us and we could find parliament is less powerful than we thought it was.”

Director of the republican campaign for an elected head of state ‘Republic’ Graham Smith has also called for full disclosure of the details of the occasions when royal consent has been refused.

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Source: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/01/15/283737/royal/

2 comments

  1. This is disgusting. How can they just CLAIM to own the land, I can’t wait until the day we put these jokers in their places. Pah, thinking they own me and any part of this earth which is for EVERYONE.

  2. “Queen Elizabeth II the largest landowner on Earth.”

    Queen Elizabeth II, head of state of the United Kingdom and of 31 other states and territories, is the legal owner of about 6,600 million acres of land, one sixth of the earth’s non ocean surface.

    She is the only person on earth who owns whole countries, and who owns countries that are not her own domestic territory. This land ownership is separate from her role as head of state and is different from other monarchies where no such claim is made – Norway, Belgium, Denmark etc.

    The value of her land holding. £17,600,000,000,000 (approx).

    This makes her the richest individual on earth. However, there is no way easily to value her real estate. There is no current market in the land of entire countries. At a rough estimate of $5,000 an acre, and based on the sale of Alaska to the USA by the Tsar, and of Louisiana to the USA by France, the Queen’s land holding is worth a notional $33,000,000,000,000 (Thirty three trillion dollars or about £17,600,000,000,000). Her holding is based on the laws of the countries she owns and her land title is valid in all the countries she owns. Her main holdings are Canada, the 2nd largest country on earth, with 2,467 million acres, Australia, the 7th largest country on earth with 1,900 million acres, the Papua New Guinea with114 million acres, New Zealand with 66 million acres and the UK with 60 million acres.

    She is the world’s largest landowner by a significant margin. The next largest landowner is the Russian state, with an overall ownership of 4,219 million acres, and a direct ownership comparable with the Queen’s land holding of 2,447 million acres. The 3rd largest landowner is the Chinese state, which claims all of Chinese land, about 2,365 million acres. The 4th largest landowner on earth is the Federal Government of the United States, which owns about one third of the land of the USA, 760 million acres. The fifth largest landowner on earth is the King of Saudi Arabia with 553 million acres

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