Jacob Rees-Mogg quotes God Save The Queen in full in House of Commons as he backs the monarch in Meghan row – while Boris still remains silent
- Jacob Rees-Moog recited the national anthem in the House of Commons today
- The Leader of the House spoke the anthem to voice his support for the Queen
- Followed suggestions that the Commons should debate the role of the monarchy
Jacob Rees-Mogg delivered a spoken version of the national anthem in the House of Commons today after it was suggested the House should hold a debate on the monarchy.
Responding to suggestions that the House should hold a debate on the role of the monarchy, Rees-Mogg responded by saying any debate that praised the Queen would ‘take up all the legislative time available in this House’.
Standing at the despatch box, he then recited the national anthem: ‘All I’ll say is “God save our gracious Queen, long live our noble Queen, God save the Queen, send her victorious, happy and glorious, long to reign over us, God save the Queen, O Lord our God arise, scatter her enemies and let them fall, frustrate their knavish tricks, confound their politics, on thee our hopes we fix, God save us all”.’
Jacob Rees-Mogg delivered a spoken version of the national anthem in the House of Commons today after it was suggested the House should hold a debate on the monarchy
Rees-Mogg’s rendition followed Tory MP Sir David Amess also voicing his support for the monarch, while asking for the debate.
Speaking via video link, he said: ‘During such a debate, I’d very much hope that the argument could be made that it is never wise for a family dispute to be aired in public with everyone getting damaged and hurt by the fallout.
‘Perhaps during such a debate we could celebrate the fact that we’re so blessed to have had our monarch for 70 years compared to the alternative of having a president as our head of state, which we very nearly had under Tony Blair.’
The suggestion of a debate on the role of the monarchy was raised in the Commons following the Harry and Meghan interview earlier this week.
Buckingham Palace released a statement shortly after the interview, in which, allegations of racism were made.
The statement read: ‘The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan.
Responding to suggestions that the House should hold a debate on the role of the monarchy, Rees-Mogg (pictured) responded by saying any debate that praised the Queen would ‘take up all the legislative time available in this House’
Rees-Mogg’s rendition followed Tory MP Sir David Amess (pictured) also voicing his support for the monarch
‘The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately. Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members.’
Despite Buckingham Palace commenting on claims made in the interview, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has continued to refuse to express his own opinion on the matter.
Speaking on Monday, Johnson expressed the ‘highest admiration’ for the Queen but that ‘the right thing for prime ministers to say is nothing and nothing is the thing that I propose to say today about that particular matter’.
It was confirmed on Tuesday by the Prime Minister’s spokesperson that Johnson had seen the interview after he initially said he had not watched it.