I HAVE previously written about my republican views and been mocked by many for them.

Everyone is entitled to their view on the subject, so I'm entitled to say I would choose an elected head of state.

Some have questioned why I'd even bring up abolishing the monarchy in these Fair Point columns - but the ongoing Brexit shambles could be about to show exactly why it is relevant.

Yesterday a cross-party group of MPs put forward a bill to prevent a no deal Brexit. The bill, to be debated later today, would require the PM to ask for an extension of Article 50 - which allows the UK to leave the EU - beyond the current exit date of April 12.

But ruling out no deal is not official government policy, and many Tories are actively supporting that outcome now.

So where does The Queen fit into all this? Well all law gets the Royal Assent, when the Queen - as Head of State - formally agrees to make the bill into an Act of Parliament, the law, at the end of the process.

But the established rule is that she does this based on what the Government and in particular the Prime Minister, advises.

In hundreds of years this has never been a problem. No head of state has refused to sign a bill, and as bills reaching that 'rubber-stamping' stage have had the executive's backing, all has gone smoothly.

However Brexit has led to uncertain times and a constitutional crisis where Parliament is attempting to run the show right now, and not Theresa May's government.

It is still hypothetical, but what happens if a Commons backed no deal bill reached The Queen, who is then advised by ministers not to give it Royal Assent?

That is conflicting forces, putting The Queen in a tough position.

People have argued to me many times its just a ceremonial role - but if we got to that point The Queen has real power. What she would choose is anyone's guess, though remember Whitehall officials are rumoured to have plans to evacuate her and other royals in the event of no deal.

But the fact an unelected head of state, only in her position based on birth, would even have that choice is what I have the major issue with.

Brexit could throw up a once unthinkable scenario that could make people think twice about their love for the UK's constitutional monarchy.

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