Mon Nov 26, 2012 10:10PM
Chairman of the Scottish Yes campaign says the British Queen has no place in an ndependent Scotland.

Chairman of the Scottish Yes campaign says the British Queen has no place in an ndependent Scotland.

The chairman of the Scottish independence Yes campaign says the British Queen should not be considered as head of state in a separate Scotland. Speaking at the Radical Independence Conference in Glasgow on November 24, former Labour MP Dennis Canavan criticized the Scottish government’s proposal to retain the monarchy in an independent Scotland. Canavan also stressed that sovereign decisions should lie with the people of Scotland not an unelected monarch. “The existing Scottish Parliament was based on the Claim of Right, which enshrined the sovereignty of the people of Scotland. That to me makes the principle irreconcilable with the sovereignty of a non-elected hereditary monarchy,” the campaigner said in the meeting of pro-Scottish independence groups and individuals. Earlier in October, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) admitted in a report to the Commons foreign affairs select committee that the referendum for Scottish independence, which is due to take place in autumn 2014, could undermine Britain’s international image and its position in the eyes of its allies. SSM/HE
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