While it is premature for the Scottish government to commit to any constitutional principles prior to a Unilateral Independence Referendum, it is never too early to begin discussion on the future of the UK monarchy in an independent Scotland.
As the UK is currently constituted, only the “Queen in Parliament” is sovereign, still improbably based on the farcical, mendacious notion of divine right. The inhabitants are still mere subjects, not citizens in any meaningful sense of the word. In an independent Scotland, any constitutional or even symbolic role of the monarchy would be categorically incompatible with popular sovereignty.
In order to establish and maintain legitimacy over the long term, Scotland must eradicate recognition of both the rump UK Monarchy and the remnants of the vile, feudal aristocratic system, the ancestors of whom brought you the Highland clearances. Any Scottish ‘Duke’, ‘Earl’, ‘Viscount’, ‘Prince’, ‘Queen’ or whatever can consider themselves anything they want within their skull, but these ‘nobles’ must never be recognized by the Scottish nation for any purpose whatsoever.
In England, the aristocratic system has structured the god-awful class system, which has underpinned the rotten social hierarchy over the centuries. After the UK falls apart, Scotland can do better. There is no reason that an independent Scotland should keep any shred of this system.
It is of vital importance to finally live in a nation whose legitimacy is uniquely based on popular sovereignty. In a written constitution of an independent Scotland, including the monarchy with any constitutional and symbolic role would be ludicrous.
Enshrining the monarchy in what could become one of the most modern, dynamic, and egalitarian constitutions on earth would be ludicrous. How could one be written which denied popular sovereignty, and continue to vest it in a highly dysfunctional family? Forget it!
How could any monarch legitimately represent Scotland, whose status was genetically determined, better than an elected Scottish President? How could such a historically barbaric cabal have sovereignty over Scots? How could any monarch legitimately grant assent to a law they likely haven’t read, have no expertise in, and likely cares about even less?
It is also vital for land reform, so that a universal land registry can be created, with the totality of Scottish territory being registered and taxed fairly, or forfeited. This would of course also be applied to the ‘crown estate’ and the withering Scottish feudal landed aristocracy, the land of which can finally be fairly allocated to the people, instead of by then a foreign potentate.
Simply put, popular sovereignty and the monarchy cannot coexist, because they are fundamentally incompatible.
So essentially, Scots will have two binary decisions to take in the coming months, for which there is no middle ground. Leave the UK and remain in the EU, or remain chained to Westminster and be dragged out of the EU. After independence, establish a Scottish Presidency legitimately elected through universal suffrage, or remained chained to the UK monarchy in perpetuity.
Would you want ‘Prince’ Chuck to be the sovereign over an independent Scotland, who frequently hung out with Jimmy Savile? D’uh.
So choose well in the coming months. There will always be scope for those sufficiently enamored of the monarchy to watch overwrought ceremonies on the BBC with absolutely insufferable ‘royal’ correspondents, and buy teapots, plates, and tea cozies with the Queens head on it, and follow the soap opera in the tabloids. Scotland must make a different choice.