THE TIMES: Brexit: Lawyers clash over role of Queen

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Release date: 5/4/2019

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Rodney Brazier, professor of constitutional law at Manchester University, argued that it would be unconstitutional for the Queen to refuse to follow the advice of her ministers. Ultimately, he said, the constitution dictated that the monarch must do what ministers advised her to do.

“Few actions more dangerous to the perceived and vital political neutrality of constitutional monarchy could be imagined,” Professor Brazier wrote, “than the Queen rejecting the government’s advice.”

He added that “the convention that the Queen acts on ministerial advice is based in democracy”.

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TitleBrexit: Lawyers clash over role of Queen
Media name/outletThe Times
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date5/04/19
DescriptionRodney Brazier, professor of constitutional law at Manchester University, argued that it would be unconstitutional for the Queen to refuse to follow the advice of her ministers. Ultimately, he said, the constitution dictated that the monarch must do what ministers advised her to do.

“Few actions more dangerous to the perceived and vital political neutrality of constitutional monarchy could be imagined,” Professor Brazier wrote, “than the Queen rejecting the government’s advice.”

He added that “the convention that the Queen acts on ministerial advice is based in democracy”.
URLhttps://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/brexit-lawyers-clash-over-role-of-queen-q3q9lqzjv
PersonsRodney Brazier