An oath of allegiance to the people - NOT the Queen

To: Parliament of the United Kingdom

We petition the UK parliament to establish a new oath of allegiance, so that MPs pledge their allegiance to the people, not to the Queen.

Why is this important?

Your MP has been elected to represent you, yet when they take their seat in parliament they will pledge their allegiance to the Queen.  In this democratic age that’s just wrong.

The UK Parliament is the democratically elected body that represents the interests of the United Kingdom and its people, makes laws for the UK, and holds the UK Government to account.

Despite being elected by you to represent the people, when sworn into parliament MPs don't swear allegiance to the UK or to its people, but instead to our unelected monarch, her heirs and successors.

When elected our representatives are required to take the following oath or affirmation:

The oath states: "I (name of Member) swear by Almighty God that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, her heirs and successors, according to law. So help me God." 

The affirmation states: "I (name of Member) do solemnly, sincerely, and truly declare and affirm, that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, her heirs and successors, according to law." 

If your MP refuses to take the oath or the affirmation they will be unable to take part in parliamentary proceedings and will not be paid any salary and allowances until they’ve done so.

It's one of the great ironies of our political system that our democratically elected representatives are forced to swear allegiance to an unelected monarch.

The oath is an insult to our democratic values, and to you and all voters who participate. It has to change.

This petition calls upon the UK Parliament to establish a new oath of allegiance, one that pledges allegiance to the people, not to the Queen.

Updates

19 July 2017

Labour MP Roger Godsiff MP tweeted that he Republic's #PeoplesOath campaign, labelling the oath 'archaic' and 'undemocratic'

19 July 2017

Roger Godsiff MP tweeted that he wants the oath to be changed to allow him to swear allegiance to his constituents, or to people of the UK, not to the Queen

15 July 2017

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22 June 2017

As a republican, Labour MP for Manchester Withington Jeff Smith made his affirmation in order to serve his constituents

22 June 2017

Labour MP for Kensington, Emma Dent Coad, made her affirmation in order to serve her constituents

16 June 2017

Labour MP for Bolsover, Dennis Skinner, made a heartfelt dedication to his constituents

16 June 2017

As long as being an MP means pledging loyalty to an unelected head of state, our parliamentary system will remain undemocratic, writes Kate Flood.

15 June 2017

Labour MP for Derby North, Chris Williamson, called for an elected head of state before taking the oath to serve his constituents

15 June 2017

Labour MP for North West Durham, Laura Pidcock, took the affirmation to in order represent the interests of her constituents

15 June 2017

Alex Sobel, Labour and Cooperative MP for Leeds North West, tweeted after taking the oath that the oath should make reference to serving constituents

15 June 2017

Liberal Democrat MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, Layla Moran, tweeted that she would have preferred to pledge allegiance to 'The People'

15 June 2017

Since the weekend 5000 people have joined calls for parliament to establish a new oath of allegiance, so that MPs pledge their allegiance to the people, not to the Queen.

14 June 2017

Paul Flynn MP tweeted that the oath is 'illogical' and called for their to be an option for MPs to swear allegiance to their constituents

14 June 2017

Labour MP for Newport West, Paul Flynn, took the oath under protest

14 June 2017

Richard Burgon MP took the affirmation in order to represent his constituents

8 June 2017

And a new oath will be a timeless reminder of the value this nation puts in democracy, writes Republic CEO, Graham Smith.

6 June 2017

Republic launches petition calling calling on the UK parliament to establish a new oath of allegiance, so that MPs pledge their allegiance to the people, not to the Queen.