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B1038 – Royal Prerogative Powers Bill 2016 (Third Reading)

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    Royal Prerogative Powers Bill 2016 (Third Reading)
    An Act to distribute the powers of the Crown to the Prime Minister and Parliament

    BE IT ENACTED by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

    1: Definitions
    (1) The Royal prerogative is a body of customary authority, privilege, and immunity, recognized in common law and, sometimes, in civil law jurisdictions possessing a monarchy, as belonging to the Sovereign alone.
    (2) The prerogative of mercy is the right and power of the Sovereign to pardon an offender.
    (3) Ne Exeat Regno is a writ which issues to restrain a person from leaving the kingdom.

    2: Prerogative of Mercy Reform
    (1) All power concerning the prerogative of mercy shall be transerred to the home office, attorney of devolved regions and the Supreme Court.
    (2) The Monarch will no longer have the power to pardon convicted persons.

    3: Overseas Territories
    (1) Power of recognising foreign states will be transferred from the Monarch to Parliament.
    (2) Power of annexing territory will be transferred from the Monarch to Parliament and the Monarch will no longer have discretion as to the extent to which the government will take over the former government's liabilities.
    (3) Power of altering British territorial waters and ceding territory will be transferred from the Monarch to Parliament.
    (4) Ne Exeat Regno will be removed.

    4: Armed Forces
    (1) Power of authorising the use of the armed forces will be transferred from the Monarch to Parliament.
    (2) The Prime Minister is to be the commander in chief of the armed forces.

    5: Treaties
    The signing of treaties will be carried out by Prime Minister, not the Monarch

    6: Immunity from the Law
    The Monarch (acting in his/her personal capacity) will no longer have the power to enter upon, take and destroy private property.

    7: Extent, Commencement and Short Title
    (1) This Act extends to the United Kingdom.
    (2) The provisions of this Act come into force on the 1st of January 2017.
    (3) This Act may be cited as the Royal Prerogative Powers Act 2016.


    Notes
    Governmental powers implemented on the advice of the Prime Minister and Cabinet should be subject to parliamentary scrutiny and require parliamentary approval. Important decisions such as whether to authorise the armed forces or not should be decided by an elected Parliament, not an unelected Sovereign. The royal prerogative slows the ratification of legislation and is an uncessary obstacle. The royal prerogative is a waste of parliamentary time and it slows the ratification of legislation.

    The reason why Section 6 has been altered is because many legal functions are currently undertaken by the Crown, and the previous version of Section 6 obstructed that. That's the reason why it has been changed from the 'Crown' to the 'Monarch'.

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    Aye.
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    The notes are still deceitful.
    The premise is still incorrect.
    The furtive change to the constitution is still reprehensible.

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    aye
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    Aye as it is a specific measure and confined to matters effectively not Her Majesty`s decisions in practice. It does not stop members of the Royal family being in the Forces as has William and Harry.
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    Nay.
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    This bill is in cessation.
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    Division! Clear the lobbies!
 
 
 
Updated: September 22, 2016
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