Robert Blackburn: The Formal Powers of the Royal Head of State: Terminology, Concepts, and Practice – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted November 23rd, 2023 in constitutional law, Crown, news, royal family, royal prerogative by sally

‘This post argues that the terminology of “reserve powers” and “personal prerogatives” are inaccurate and misleading descriptions of the royal powers of prime ministerial appointment, the dissolution of Parliament, and royal assent. They should be described in our constitutional writing as the “formal” or “ceremonial” powers of the royal Head of State. They are distinguishable as being “direct” prerogatives of the Monarch, separate from other Crown prerogatives that are exercised “indirectly”, in the name of the Crown, by ministers.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 23rd November 2023