Commonwealth: Expert discusses impact of ‘breakaway’
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Republic is an organisation that campaigns for Queen Elizabeth II to be replaced by a democratic, elected head of state and the monarchy to be abolished. Graham Smith told Express.co.uk that seeing other countries go through the process of replacing the UK monarch as their head of state will highlight the ease of replacing the Royal Family.
Mr Smith said: “There is a lot of nonsense talked about the Commonwealth, most people in the Commonwealth by a wide majority do not have the Queen as their head of state.
“Most countries in the Commonwealth are republics anyway but most people do not know that and do not care.
“I think seeing these countries in the Commonwealth break away will create a bigger debate here.
“It will make people think if they are not even keeping the Commonwealth together and they are dividing opinion here then what good are they? Where is the value in it?
“The other thing is that these countries will then go through the process of choosing a head of state who is not a royal.
“That head of state will at some point no doubt visit Britain.
“All the optics around this will be a big reminder that not only is this something we can talk about but it is something we can do and the sky will not fall in.”
He added: “It is going to highlight the fact it is quite easy to get rid of the monarchy and replace them.”
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In March, it was reported that less than one-third of Canadians want to continue with the UK’s monarch as head of state for future generations.
The study found that currently only 50 percent of Canadians support Queen Elizabeth II as head of state and less than 33 percent want to continue with the monarchy for future generations.
Last month, former Australia Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told ITV that the nation should hold another referendum on replacing the UK’s monarch with an Australian head of state.
Australia last held a referendum on the monarchy in 1999 and voted to keep Queen Elizabeth II as their head of state.
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Republicanism in the UK was found to be at around 20 percent in a recent poll.
Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams has criticised Republic’s campaign to abolish the monarchy.
Mr Fitzwilliams said: “This is not an accurate summary of the current standing of the Royal Family, which according to YouGov is roughly where it has usually been, with only around 20 percent for republicanism, which is its usual level of support.
“In an average year, the royals carry out some 2,000 engagements each year and have over 3,000 patronages. These are rightly coveted.”
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