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The Queen reigns over the whole of the UK and Northern Ireland as well as 15 other realms. But the Northern Independence Party (NIP) isn’t ruling out ditching the monarchy for a republic, its draft manifesto has revealed.
The new party was founded this year and will contest the upcoming Hartlepool by-election. It plans to stand more candidates in future elections with the ultimate aim of securing an independent ‘Northumbria’ state.
The draft manifesto said: “Many people in the North love the Royal Family, and it is not for us as a party to decide this.
“If enough people in a free North want to keep the Queen as head of state, as she is in many Commonwealth countries, then she will be asked to be.
“If the majority of people want to be a republic, then we will be.
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“Either way, this will be decided by a referendum in a free North.”
The NIP, which was founded in October 2020, is expected to officially unveil its manifesto in April, as members of the party are currently being consulted on it.
Its draft version was first published by the HuffPost UK.
While this party’s ultimate goal is the independence of the northern English regions from London and the rest of the country, its leadership agrees it will need to “fight the system from within” in its early stages…