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Her Majesty to be removed from UK passports

Monday, September 10th, 2007

EU wants to purge the Queen from our passports (Daily Mail, 10 September 2007)

Queen may be dropped from UK passports (Daily Telegraph,10 September 2007)

The EU has no intention to “drop” or “purge” the Queen from UK passports, as the Mail and the Telegraph suggest.There has been talk about including in passports a passage on all EU citizens’ right to consular protection outside the EU but there is currently no legal proposal to that effect. And under no circumstances would this replace any existing texts or symbols in passports, including references to Her Majesty.
EU nationals make some 180 million trips each year to third countries and this number is likely to rise. A Eurobarometer survey  from summer 2006 showed that half of the EU citizens expected to travel to a non-EU country in the next three years. Also, events such as the 2004 Tsunami catastrophe in South East Asia, the 2005 terrorist attack in Bali and the civil war in Lebanon in 2006 showed the shortcomings under the current situation. Thousands of EU citizens suddenly found themselves in need of urgent help in a third country in which their member states were not represented.
The Commission wants to make sure EU nationals are not stranded if when abroad. This will not lead to replacing texts or symbols in passports but providing EU citizens with more information about their rights to consular protection even if their own government is not represented in their country of destination.

See here for Commissioner for Justice, Freedom and Security Franco Frattini’s speech on the issue: “ The right to diplomatic and consular protection of Union citizens in third countries” (Brussels, 29 May 2007).

Queen to be forced to get her own tea

Friday, February 5th, 1999

Get your own tea, Your Majesty
Royal flunkeys could soon be telling the Queen to get her own tea – to avoid breaching EU employment laws….. One servant told the Sun : “We might have to tell the Queen we couldn’t serve her because we had already done the maximum hours”
(The Sun, 5 February 1999, page 15)

The Working Time Directive does not prevent people from choosing to work for more than 48 hours. Palace servants can work for as many hours a week as they wish – the Queen’s cuppas are not in peril!
As for the “Exclusive” label and the reference to “new guidelines from Brussels” in this report, the Working Time Directive was actually agreed by the UK government in 1993!

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