Alex Salmond’s pro-Scottish independence Alba party has vowed not to swear allegiance to King Charles III. The two Westminster representatives for the separatist party have refused to take the oath in the House of Commons today.
MPs have been given the opportunity to re-swear their oath of allegiance to the new monarch following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
The wording of the oath means MPs have already pledged their allegiance to the heirs and successors of the Queen, meaning they do not have to do it again at this point.
While not mandatory, most MPs have taken the opportunity to renew their vow to serve the crown.
But Neale Hanvey and Kenny MacAskill refused the offer saying that only the people are sovereign.
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Senior parliamentarians such as Prime Minister Liz Truss and Leader of Hie Majesty’s Loyal Opposition Sir Keir Starmer were given the opportunity to take the oath on September 10, just 72 hours after the Queen’s death.
Ahead of oaths being sworn today, Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle opened proceedings by thanking parliamentary staff, members of the armed forces and others for their efforts during the Queen’s lying-in-state and funeral.
He told MPs: “I also want to put on record my gratitude to all those who helped ensure events of the last 10 days or so have been managed with such dignity and brilliance, albeit in the saddest of circumstances.
“That includes, of course, many outside this House, including our armed services, the police and countless others.
“I want to say a very special thank you especially to all those parliamentary staff, including colleagues who volunteered to take on roles beyond their day jobs who contributed and you ensured that Parliament was able to play its part safely, respectfully and with pride, and so I am extremely grateful for all that has been done.”
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