Royal referendum ‘to happen when Charles reigns’ says Smith
Graham Smith told Express.co.uk he is confident people would change their mind in favour of abolishing the monarchy if months of public debate is held on the issue before a potential referendum. Republic is an organisation that campaigns for Queen Elizabeth II to be replaced by an elected, democratic head of state.
Mr Smith said: “I think we need a referendum whenever there is an opportunity to have one.
“People often say to me that if we have a referendum on this tomorrow, you will lose.
“But if we had a referendum it would be after months of debate and in my expereince people change their minds on this after hearing the arguments.
“I think it would fundamentlaly change the relationship that we have with the monarchy.
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“It would put it on notice that at some point there will be a second referendum if it is lost the first time there will be a second one at some point in the future that would be won.
“I think a referendum at any time is welcome but certainly if Charles becomes King there should be one within a year of him taking to the throne to see whether this is something we want to keep on putting up with.”
Prince Charles is first in line to the throne.
Republic’s view on a potential referendum has been strongly criticised by Richard Fitzwilliams.
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The royal commentator told Express.co.uk that support for the UK to become a republic is at around 20 percent.
He added that that holding a referendum on the future of the monarchy would create greater division in Britain.
Mr Fitzwilliams said: “Referendums have been held in Britain over issues where there are clear division and strong popular feeling.
“This has manifested itself in mainstream political debate.
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“According to YouGov, support for a republic has tended to be in the region of 20 percent.
“There has been no call for it in Parliament at all.
“Republic seeks the publicity it knows would follow holding a popular vote, knowing there is no call for one.
“This will fool no one and to call for it at a time like this, clearly shows it is not interested in promoting national unity, which the monarchy, especially during a pandemic, is so potent a symbol of.”
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