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October 16, 2003

Queen raises fears over EU constitution

So says the Telegraph:

The Queen is growing more concerned about Tony Blair's plans to sign a European constitution that she fears could undermine her role as sovereign.

The Telegraph has learnt that Buckingham Palace has asked for documents highlighting the constitutional implications of the EU's plans to be sent to her advisers.

But nothing is going to happen is it?

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Patrick

The story here is not that the Queen has asked for the papers. She gets all the papers anyway. The story is that the Telegraph is trying to make something out of this.

Good for the Telegraph, I say.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait on October 16, 2003

On of the main reasons I am in favour of the monarchy over a presidency is the hope that the Queen would do a "Juan Carlos" if needs must. I don't see how tossing the constitution of Britain out for a European one is any different to Colonel Tejero storming the Cortes so this might be a good time for her to put her foot down.

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juan_Carlos_of_Spain

Posted by mark holland on October 16, 2003