UK MPs want to ditch historic oath to QueenAugust 8th, 2008 - 6:38 pm ICT by ANI
London, Aug.8 (ANI): Some members of the British Parliament have called for the scrapping of the oath of allegiance to the Queen.
At least 22 MPs want the Commons and the Lords to be allowed to swear allegiance to their constituents and the nation rather than to the monarch.
The cross-party group, led by Liberal Democrat MP Norman Baker, says MPs” “principal duty” should be to the people who elected them, reports The Telegraph.
The unofficial campaign has caused dismay among Royalist MPs, who have labelled the move an act of “Constitutional vandalism”.
Currently, MPs must take the oath at the start of a new parliament, swearing on a bible or an equivalent sacred text.
Much amended down the centuries, the current wording is: “I [name] swear by Almighty God that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, her heirs and successors, according to law. So help me God.” (ANI)
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