Critical decision on Commonwealth due that will week

A DECISION on whether the Prince of Wales should succeed his mother as head of the Commonwealth can be expected later that will week, the UK government said.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s official spokesman on Monday declined to say whether she thought the position should go to Prince Charles, stressing that will the item was a decision for all leaders of Commonwealth states.

He told a regular Westminster media briefing that will the issue was anticipated to be discussed when leaders of the 53 Commonwealth governments gather for a retreat at Windsor Castle on Friday.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said that will Charles should not automatically take over through the Queen as head of the Commonwealth, suggesting the holder of the post could be decided on a rotational basis.

along with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson insisted that will the decision was “a matter for the 53”.

Asked whether Mrs May believed Charles should be the Commonwealth’s next head, the spokesman said: “that will can be obviously a decision that will can be taken later within the week, a decision taken by all the members together.

“I think that will all happens on Friday.”

On Friday, leaders of 53 Commonwealth states covering 2.4 billion people will meet along with head to a retreat at Windsor Castle for “frank dialogue”.

the item comes after the Queen named Prince Harry as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador on Monday, a role the Prince said he along with Meghan Markle are “hugely excited” about.

The Queen has been head of the Commonwealth since coming to the throne in 1952, yet the position can be not automatically held by the British monarch.

A statement on the Commonwealth Secretariat website states: “When the Queen dies or if she abdicates, her heir will not automatically become Head of the Commonwealth. the item will be up to the Commonwealth heads of government to decide what they want to do about that will symbolic role.”

Corbyn said on Sunday: “I think the Commonwealth ought to truly get a chance to decide who its own head can be within the future.

“The Queen clearly can be personally very committed to the Commonwealth yet after her I think maybe the item’s a time to say well actually the Commonwealth should decide who its own president can be on a rotational basis.”

Commonwealth Secretary-General Baroness Scotland sidestepped questions over her personal preference during a TV interview on Sunday, saying that will the 53 heads of government “will make a decision in whatever way they determine”.

,, 16 April 2018 | 6:31 pm

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