Commonwealth of Britain Bill

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The Commonwealth of Britain Bill was a bill first introduced in 1991 by Tony Benn,[1] then a Labour Member of Parliament in the House of Commons and was seconded by the current Leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn. It proposed abolishing the British monarchy, with the United Kingdom becoming a "democratic, federal and secular Commonwealth of Britain", or in effect a republic with a codified constitution. It was read in Parliament a number of times until Benn's retirement in 2001, but never achieved a second reading. Under the Bill:

Under the 2010-2015 Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition Government, there was a petition submitted to re-read the Commonwealth of Britain Bill in Parliament - with no modifications from Tony Benn's original proposals.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ "Early day motion 1075 - COMMONWEALTH OF BRITAIN BILL". UK Parliament. Retrieved 2017-01-29. 
  2. ^ "COMMONWEALTH OF BRITAIN (Hansard, 20 May 1991)". Retrieved 2017-01-29.