Royal insiders discuss Queen’s meeting with Boris Johnson
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A motion, put forward in the draft conference agenda, calls on the party to strongly consider its constitutional position in relation to the Monarchy after the end of Queen Elizabeth II reign. The motion will be debated at Alba’s first conference in Greenock next month despite outrage amongst Unionist politicians.
The motion stresses once the term of the “much respected present monarch is over”, Scotland should move to “an elected head of state with similar powers to the Uachtaran na hEireann [the Irish president].”
Justifying the position, it argues: “The written constitution starts from the principle that the people are sovereign in keeping with the Scottish constitutional tradition.”
If the party decides to back republicanism it would be a significant shift from the established SNP position on the Royal Family, who would keep the monarchy in an independent Scotland.
Mr Salmond has also openly said during his time as Scottish First Minister between 2007 and 2014 that he would backed the Queen remaining as head of state if Scotland ever voted in favour of independence.
Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Willie Rennie said: “Alex Salmond will say just about anything in his desperate bid to be relevant but the more he speaks the more irrelevant he becomes.
“This is highly presumptuous. He assumes Scots will vote for independence and that they will back his plan for how it will operate.
“He lives in his own fantasy world.”
Scottish Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser, added: “Voters delivered a resounding verdict on Alex Salmond’s brand of politics at the ballot box in May.
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“It is clear he is planning on becoming even more extreme in a bid to stay relevant.
“He should retire with whatever dignity he has left, before becoming even more discredited with these sort of policies.”
Veteran royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams said the position from Mr Salmond’s party was a “surprise”.
He added: “It will cause surprise when this is Alex Salmond’s new standpoint, it was certainly not the case in 2014.”
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But the Scottish Greens said asking Scots to “choose a modern, democratically accountable head of state” would be the “best step forward.”
A party spokesperson added: “The idea that any family has the right to such status based on hereditary titles and unearned wealth would hold Scotland back, and it’s not one that the Scottish Greens will ever support.”
It comes after a poll in June found nearly half of Scots do not want to lose The Queen as their Head of State should Scotland ever achieve independence.
A poll by Panelbase revealed 47 percent preferred a royal head of state if the country voted in favour of separation from the UK in a future second independence referendum.
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This is compared to just 35 per cent who preferred an elected head of state whilst 18 per cent were unsure.
Panelbase polled 1,287 people for the Sunday Times between June 21 and June 25.
Chris McEleny, Alba interim general secretary, said: “Our draft agenda sets out a radical and progressive programme to improve the lives of people in Scotland right now and pursue Scotland’s independence mandate with the urgency it requires.
“I am confident that our inaugural conference will set out that we have the People, the Policies, and the Plan for independence to take Scotland forward.”
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