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1 means an immediate constitutional crisis. Royal assent has not been refused to legislation passed by the UK parliament since 1708 (naturally, they did it all the time to their colonies, and it was one of the reasons the Merkins rebelled). It is disputed whether the monarch actually could refuse assent to a bill passed by parliament, and if ministers advised her to do so, it would result in an immediate court case. or a second bill declaring the assent unnecessary (or a third one declaring a republic).

(In NZ, also a westminster system, it would be unthinkable. In our derivative constitution, there is a strong constitutional norm that parliament is supreme. But then, we're democratic, and we've long accepted that the government may not have a majority on all things, and may have laws passed against its wishes. Unlike Britain).

by IdiotSavant on Fri Sep 6th, 2019 at 11:30:49 AM EST
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