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Monarchy and modern democracy

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Pauline Griestop

on 17 March 2015

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Transcript of Monarchy and modern democracy

Monarchy and modern democracy in the UK
Should the monarchy be abolished?
Queen is loyal

Traditional duties

National unity and stability

Royal Family takes part in armed services themselves

Emphasizes and supports nations with her journeys abroad
The role of the royal family
support The Queen
undertake official duties
presently in education or military training
over 2000 official engagements
making guests welcome
often represent
important role
own charities

The British political system
Political system
Democracy in the UK
Role of the Queen
Should the monarchy be abolished?
Royal family
Independence of Scotland
Role in the EU

democracy in the UK
oldest democracy in the world
monarchs lost their political powers
Parliamentary system
House of Commons:
pass bills
650 elected members
House of Lords:
legislative (limited)
no fixed number of members
chosen by the monarch
political parties
Conservative Party

Labour Party

Liberal Democrats

the electoral system
General elections every five years

House of Commons

majority voting system

The prime minister
most important person

officially appointed by monarch
Scotland,Wales, Northern Ireland
authority to govern themselves
role of the Queen
independence of Scotland
the EU
economic & political union

free movement of people, goods, services and capital
1957 - "Rome Treaty"

1979 - first democratic elections

1985 - Schengen Agreement

1993 - "Maastricht Treaty"

2002 - introduction of the Euro
European Council

European Commission

European Parliament

European Central Bank

role of the UK
special arrangements about the Euro
most trade with the EU

many Britains criticize being part of the UK national sovereignty and perceptions of diminished autonomy

• posh english
well educated

• GB as nation/ unity

head of State + Commonwealth

constitutional monarch

chief of the armed force

supreme governor of the church of England

• visits abroad

• rewarder of excellence

• hosts foreign leaders

• opens Parliament, can also dissolve it

• prerogative to be consulted, to encourage and to warn the government

Real Powers?
no real political power
There is an ongoing debate about the monarchy in Great Britain:
Elected head of state would represent people

Misuse of influence and abuse of privileges

Democracy would be a sign of modernity
Queen just a symbol

no real powers

Queen is not liked in every state she is head of

Since the devolution took part there has been a strong movement for Scottish independence
What do they want?
time to take charge of their own destiny

more political and economic powers
reasons to remain in the UK
key role in the UK

strongly linked with the rest
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