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Commonwealth concerns about The Crown

Philip Benwell MBE is the National Chairman of the Australian Monarchist League, which has raised an important Constitutional question. He fears that the EU treaties have compromised the status of The Crown of the United Kingdom and consequently the status of The Crown in the sixteen countries that acknowledge the Queen as their head of state.

Benwell has been instrumental in establishing the Association of Commonwealth Realms to enable loyal subjects of the Queen, particularly in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the UK itself, to express their concern. The Association was founded on 1 November 2006 at the House of Lords at a meeting hosted by Lord Stoddart of Swindon.

The interest of Commonwealth countries in the EU's negative impact on the Queen and the British Parliament is pertinent and welcome. The Statute of Westminster 1931 states that “The Crown is the symbol of the free association of the members of the British Commonwealth of Nations as they are united by a common allegiance to the Crown.” They are not likely to be interested in a crown controlled by the EU.

I note that one of the aims of the Association is to bring closer together the peoples of the English-speaking realms. Our shared interest in defending freedom is one of our fundamental shared interests.

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