Britain Rejects Call by UN Rights Body for Vote on Monarchy, Written Constitution

AP, June 10, 2008

Britain is dismissing the idea of holding a referendum on whether it should ditch the monarchy in favor of a written constitution.

The U.N. Human Rights Council offers the suggestion as part of a review of Britain’s rights record.

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But Britain says in a statement Tuesday there is no popular demand for a vote on a written constitution. It says Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s government considers the queen vital to Britain’s unity, and supports keeping her as head of state.

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