Thursday, September 21, 2006

The Abolition of Monarchy by stealth?

Tomorrow, rather than Home Secretary John Reid attending the meeting of EU justice ministers in Tampere, Finland a junior Home Office minister, Joan Ryan is being sent instead. On the agenda of that meeting are plans to remove the National veto on matters of criminal justice and instead use qualified majority voting.

With the exception of the Guardian the press is reporting that Britain is about to give up the veto and acquiese to the EU on this subject. This will essentially create an EU wide justice system and introduce aspect of the EU Constitution by the back door. The Guardian's line is that John Reid is leading the fight to save the veto. However if that is true then why is he sending a junior minister to negotiate on Britain's behalf?

There is though also an important constitutional point here. The Coronation Oath taken by the Queen, who remains the embodiment of sovereignty in this Constitutional Monarchy whether one likes it or not, dictates law and justice is "executed in all judgments, to the monarch's power". Law and justice executed by the power of qualified majority voting of 25 european nation states is completely unconstitutional. The loss of the veto will - by stealth - effectively abolish the monarchy and Crown as the sovereign power.

I realise that all sounds rather melodramatic, but the consitituional implications of handing control of criminal justice and law over to qualified majority voting is immense. Ok, so it won't actually abolish the presence of the monarch, but it will make the point of the monarch and Crown utterly meaningless in terms of where sovereignty lies.

2 comments:

Buenaventura Durruti said...
21 Sep 2006 14:47:00  

make the crown meaningless - oh goody, can I vote for that too.

Llwyd
(llwyd rants)

dizzy said...
21 Sep 2006 14:50:00  

funnily enough I don't reallly mind if people do that. The problem is we won't. If the veto goes that is it.


 

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