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Re: The Removal of Titles Bill - pending
This seems like an extraordinary expansion of the Sovereign's discretionary power going against 800 years of constitutional practice since Magna Carta . The part about doing the recommendation of parliamentary commission makes more sense, although it would probably be better to specify reasons.
But if it is aimed at dubiously awarded life peerages, perhaps it should be aimed at removing the right to sit in the lords or even to move to the long promised next stage of House of Lords reform and consider whether membership in the reformed upper house really needs to be defined in terms of titles of nobility. Maybe what should be restored to the monarch's discretionary powers is the ability to create peerages on her/his own initiative or on the recommendation of either the Government or a special commission as a reward for meritorious service to the nation, without a seat in the upper house or any other political role attached.
This bill has been instigated, I believe, over the disquiet relating to a life peerage given to a Russian donor to the Conservative Party. It is not related to any member of the Royal Family.
There is presently a member's bill in the House of Commons, headed under the title "The Removal of Titles Bill", which would allow the reigning monarch to initiate the removal of a title of nobility. To quote the most relevant description from the official site linked here: "..To provide that such removals can be done by the Monarch on their own initiative or following a recommendation of a joint committee of Parliament; and for connected purposes." It's still in early stages since it has to pass more than one reading in both Commons and Lords it seems. But assuming it does in fact so pass....any thoughts from readers here as to who and when the provisions of this Bill would first be used by, and against which person of title, either familial or non-familial? https://https://bills.parliament.uk/bills/3289