Scottish Independence: Ukip's Nigel Farage Has Some Advice For The Queen
Nigel Farage has said The Queen should make a public statement in
support of maintaining the United Kingdom if the Scottish independence
battle remains on a knife edge in the days leading up to the September
Buckingham Palace has stressed that the Queen
takes the view that the decision should be left to Scottish voters and
that her role was "above politics".
But the Ukip leader claimed that if the United Kingdom was under threat she had a responsibility to speak out.
said if the opinion polls were finely balanced on Sunday then she
should make a statement, highlighting her 1977 Silver Jubilee
declaration of support for the union as a precedent for the monarch
intervening in constitutional debates.
The Ukip leader told LBC
Radio: "My understanding of the constitution is if the kingdom itself,
if the United Kingdom itself is under threat, then in many ways you
could argue she has a responsibility to say something.
completely understand her wanting to keep out of politics and she has
done it absolutely brilliantly over 60 years., she is a globally admired
"I doubt the royal family has ever been more popular over centuries than it currently is.
there are times when, if the United Kingdom, over which she is the
monarch, is threatened itself, when it might be right to say something.
doesn't mean that she has to, but ... let's say we got to this Sunday
and let's say it was still 50-50 in the polls, I personally think she
should say something, yes."
He added: "If the very future of the
United Kingdom itself is threatened she should say something and there
is a precedent for this: she did it in 1977, she did it in Westminster
Hall when she spoke, her Silver Jubilee speech, when the first modern
calls for separation were being heard, and she said very clearly that I
am the Queen of the entire United Kingdom.
"So she's said it before and it might be handy if she said it again."
Farage called for a "new constitutional settlement" for the whole
United Kingdom following the referendum on Scottish independence.
Farage, who is visiting Glasgow to campaign for a No vote, called for a
federal UK with powers devolved to the different parts of the country,
and said Scottish MPs should be stripped of the power to vote on English
matters at Westminster if "devo-max" goes ahead.
party leader accused Alex Salmond of offering voters in Scotland "a
false prospectus" in the referendum campaign, insisting that a Yes vote
will not deliver independence so long as the country remains in the
No campaigners have urged the Ukip leader - whose
last trip north of the border ended with him barricaded inside a pub to
escape protesters - to stay away for fear he will alienate traditional
But he insisted he intends to press ahead with
an address to supporters in Glasgow, and said he had "absolutely no
intention of being incendiary at all".
Mr Farage told BBC Radio
4's Today programme: "The truth is that Mr Salmond's plan is not for
independence. This whole referendum is in danger of going by default.
Salmond wants Scotland to be part of the EU state. He wants his laws
made in Brussels. He's got no chance of renegotiating Scottish
"I'm fearful that people have switched to the Yes
side, believing this is a noble, bold plan of Mr Salmond's to be a
self-governing independent nation, when it's nothing of the kind."
Farage said English people were feeling "ignored" in the independence
debate. He argued that the strengthening of the devolution settlement
offered by pro-Union parties in the event of a No vote should apply to
other parts of the UK, as well as Scotland.
"I am fully in favour of a federal United Kingdom," said Mr Farage. "We need a new constitutional settlement.
the moment, the English are feeling rather ignored in all this, because
we've been talking about Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland over
the last 17 or 18 years. A new constitutional settlement for the UK,
that will suit everyone."
Asked whether Scottish MPs should
continue to vote on English matters in Westminster if devo-max goes
ahead, Mr Farage said: "No, I don't think it's right at all. I think the
overwhelming majority of opinion is that devolution has to be fair to
everybody, and right at the moment that's not working."
City trader Mr Farage predicted that Scotland's banks will move head
offices to London if Yes wins next week's vote, in order to avoid a
flight of investors.
He accused Mr Salmond of having "no plan for
the currency" and warned that Scotland will be required to sign up to a
commitment to join the euro if it wants to be a member of the EU.
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