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The Queen may refuse to give Her Royal Assent


When we sing the national anthem, we normally sing only the first verse, but on Remembrance Day we sang the second verse as well. The second verse, really a prayer, seems very meaningful to me now. Britain is facing the Treaty of Lisbon, which is the EU Constitution in all but name, and if it is approved it will overwhelm Britain’s thousand-year-old sovereignty and freedoms.

The likelihood is that Parliament will pass this terrible treaty without a referendum that would allow the British people to reject it. In that case, only one person stands between the British people and the European Union. That person is The Queen.

According to the British Constitution, which includes the Sovereign's Coronation Oath, she is the defender of the people’s rights and liberties and must give Her Royal Assent before a treaty can be finally approved. This Constitutional right and protection is described in Your Own Choice. The Queen still retains this executive power which was invested in her by the people of Britain. She may refuse Her Royal Assent.

The words we sang, the hope we still hold is this -

My choicest gift in store
On her be pleased to pour.
Long may she reign.
May she defend our laws
And ever give us cause
To sing with heart and voice
God save the Queen.