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    Sorry had a casual chat with a mate and this topic came up.

    What would happen?
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    They get beheaded.
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    On a serious note, I have no idea...
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    summoning a few members for answer
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    They are not able to take their place in Parliament, and do not get paid a salary.

    This has been the case for Sinn Fein MPs for some time; Martin McGuiness challenged the requirement to swear allegiance to the crown in the European Court some years ago, but his case was rejected.

    Republican MPs who wish to take their seat (and be paid) such as Tony Benn have amended the words of the oath to include their opinion, but they still have to swear allegiance to the Queen (I think Dennis Skinner said something like, "I swear allegiance to the Queen when she pays her taxes")
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    I didn't even know that this was a thing.
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    (Original post by OxFossil)
    They are not able to take their place in Parliament, and do not get paid a salary.

    This has been the case for Sinn Fein MPs for some time; Martin McGuiness challenged the requirement to swear allegiance to the crown in the European Court some years ago, but his case was rejected.

    Republican MPs who wish to take their seat (and be paid) such as Tony Benn have amended the words of the oath to include their opinion, but they still have to swear allegiance to the Queen (I think Dennis Skinner said something like, "I swear allegiance to the Queen when she pays her taxes"
    is that not a violation to freedom of speech?
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    There is no constitutional right to 'freedom of speech'. There are numerous circumstances in which our speech is constrained by law (for example, the slander and libel laws, incitement to racial hatred, harrassment... etc).
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    (Original post by OxFossil)
    There is no constitutional right to 'freedom of speech'. There are numerous circumstances in which our speech is constrained by law (for example, the slander and libel laws, incitement to racial hatred, harrassment... etc).
    thanks for your reply, learned something new today.
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    (Original post by HucktheForde)
    thanks for your reply, learned something new today.
    There's actually a lot of case law on freedom of expression, as it's protected in the European Convention on Human Rights, and consequently our Human Rights Act. Would strongly recommend reading this for a good intro: http://www.repository.law.indiana.ed...25&context=ilj

    Basically, freedom of expression isn't an absolute guarantee, and certainly, there's no constitution in the world under which people can claim being unwilling to express something which is a necessary portal for access to a job is an illegal limitation on their freedom of expression.
 
 
 
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