After months of speculation, a spokesperson for the Department of Constitutional Affairs has confirmed that a three-outcome referendum to decide the future of the British monarchy will be held in June 2018. One option could even lead to the first ELECTED monarch in British history, regardless of their faith or ethnic background.
Monarchical minister Daniel Regino MP said: ‘After the EU Referendum showed the power of giving the people a voice on a key issue, we are delighted to confirm that the people of the UK and the Commonwealth will now be allowed to vote on the future of the monarchy.’
‘Voters will be greeted by three choices – keep the monarchy in its current form, abolish it entirely, or revert to an election-based system where the King or Queen serves a five-year term loosely in line with the UK’s General Election schedule.’
We asked Mr Regino for more details about the proposed voting system. He confirmed that this could be the perfect ‘fusion’ between a constitutional monarchy and the principle of democracy.
He added: ‘Community leaders around the UK will be given the opportunity to gather nominations, and then they would be whittled down to six individuals – ideally these six people should all be from different cultural, religious or ethnic backgrounds. What other country in the world is considering dragging their monarchy into the 21st Century in this manner?’
Sadiq Al-Didudi is a spokesperson for Monarchy Reform UK, and he told Southend News Network that electing a non-white monarch for the country could be a ‘huge step forward’ in repairing the relationship between the monarchy and the people.
He said: ‘If the referendum goes in that direction, we could be crowning a Muslim, Jewish, Sikh or Hindu King or Queen by 2021 – this is a hugely exciting prospect for us all.’
‘People often cram social media with complaints that the monarchy is non-elected and irrelevant, and so there can be no better way to preserve the rich cultural heritage of the United Kingdom by securing the future of this fantastic and very British tradition.’
‘By allowing potential monarchs to hit the campaign trail in different areas of the country, they will be able to engage with the people that are most likely to elect them into Buckingham Palace.’
‘Another benefit of this referendum is that people will know exactly what they are voting for before it takes place, as opposed to voting for an outcome based upon petty and I’ll-informed prejudices.’