Royal insiders discuss Queen’s meeting with Boris Johnson
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A motion, debated by members at the inaugural party conference in Greenock today, called for the pro-independence party to back a republic style President. It states, once the term of the “existing highly respected Head of State is over”, an independent Scotland should have an “Elected Head of State” with similar powers to the President of Ireland.
The move for Mr Salmond’s party is a large shift from the SNP position on the monarchy, which wishes to retain the institution in an independent Scotland.
The motion also called for a “written constitution” for Scotland to be created based on the principle that Scots are “sovereign.”
Cllr Leigh Wilson, who spoke in favour of the resolution, said: “ALBA is offering a vision of a modern Head of State for a modern nation, taking its rightful place among the other nations of Europe and of the World, as part of a Written Constitution, subject to the final say of the people on the proposed constitution in a referendum.”
Chris McEleny, ALBA’s general secretary and Inverclyde councillor, added to members: “I represent a community where one in four children live in poverty.
“You explain to me how I can go and make the argument that we should all live as equals when through the sheer chance of the bed that someone was born in, they have a silver spoon in their life, they get to live their life rich, they get to live their live governing the very laws that we send people to Parliament to pass, that is not a country of equals.
“Only by living in the early days and creating an independent Scottish republic will we create the country we seek.”
Party member Konrad Rękas, who also spoke in favour of the motion, joked to members: “I would believe that we here and all Scots someday will welcome Alex Salmond as the future president, elected president of a democratic Scottish socialistic republic.”
But Alex-Cole Hamilton MSP, leader of Scottish Lib Dems, said: “The idea of Alex Salmond taking over as President of an independent Scotland gives me the absolute chills.
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“I have no desire to abolish the monarchy, it’s part of our constitutional system.
“It’s in need of reform and could do with less taxpayer money but The Queen works hard and is dedicated to public service.”
Mr Salmond himself was a regular visitor to Balmoral when he was first minister and even attended William and Kate’s wedding in 2011.
However, he rebuked Prince William earlier this year for meeting Gordon Brown to discuss the future of the Union during a visit to Edinburgh.
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It comes after a poll in June found nearly half of Scots do not want to lose the Queen as head of state should Scotland become independent.
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