Eugenie royal wedding petition to be handed to MPs on Wednesday

8 October 2018

A 38,000-strong petition against taxpayers' money being spent on Princess Eugenie’s royal wedding will be handed to MPs early on Wednesday afternoon.
The petition, organised by campaign group Republic, indicates strong opposition to public funding of Friday’s wedding. Signatures have risen rapidly, achieving even greater numbers than the group’s petition challenging public funding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding in May.
MP for Kensington, Emma Dent Coad, will be receiving the petition shortly after 1.30pm tomorrow, Wednesday 10th October.
A Republic spokesperson said today:
“There is a strong feeling, even among monarchists, that we shouldn’t be paying for Eugenie’s big day.”
“Most Brits opposed taxpayer funding of Prince Harry’s wedding but as with all royal events were forced to accept it. But there’s something different about Friday’s royal wedding, and people aren’t happy.”
“The monarchy is stretching its public support to breaking point. There’s a real risk Friday’s wedding will damage the royals for a long time to come.”
“There is still time for the royals to step forward and pay up. It’s without question the right thing to do.”
“We’re living through a period of significant political and economic uncertainty. Now isn’t the time for the government to channel its efforts and our public funds into another royal PR exercise.”
“Taxpayers deserve to know exactly how much money is being spent and which of our public services are being diverted to make the wedding possible. The government should make transparency the priority and publish a report of all costs to taxpayers.”
“I wish Eugenie and Jack all the best for their special day, but call on the royals and the government to do the right thing and ensure no taxpayers' money is spent on the wedding.”
Republic will be handing the petition to Emma Dent Coad on College Green outside parliament at around 1.30pm tomorrow, Wednesday 10th October.
The petition to parliament says:
We petition the House of Commons to urge the Government to commit no public money to the wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, and to publish a report of all costs to taxpayers.

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