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The Labour MP for Norwich South staged a surprising protest within the House of Commons yesterday (Wednesday, July 10) when he was sworn in. Clive Lewis MP, who has represented Norwich South since 2015 expressed his hopes for a British republic, versus the present monarchic system.

The UK Parliament studies that members of each Houses of Parliament are required by legislation to take an oath of allegiance to the Crown. MPs can not take their seat, communicate in debates, vote or obtain a wage till taking the oath or affirmation. They may be fined £500 and have their seat declared vacant “as if they were dead” in the event that they tried to take action.

The similar rule applies to Members of the Lords.

So this being mentioned, it was a controversial transfer when Mr Lewis took his second to swear in, as a possibility to talk out towards the thought of a monarchy. Mr Lewis tweeted concerning the incident, explaining: “To be sworn in as an MP, you have to make an oath to the King. This is what I decided to say, in protest.”

In the video the Socialist Campaign Group member shared of himself taking the oath, he mentioned: “I take this oath under protest, and in the hope that one day my fellow citizens will democratically decide to live in a republic. Until that time, I do solemnly, sincerely and truly declare and affirm that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to His Majesty King Charles, according to law.”

You can watch the total video beneath:

Mr Lewis’s actions weren’t with out consequence nevertheless. He got here beneath fireplace on X – being referred to as a ‘coward’ and a ‘shame’ by some, others accused him of ‘advantage signalling’.

‘Protect_ServeUK’ wrote: “I’m sorry if you can’t do this properly you should be marched out, and told that until such time as you can, then you’re not an MP. Imagine police officers doing this during their oath of office’s ceremonies. Disgusting.”

Melanie Cycles replied to the publish: “Meaningless virtue signalling. Either refuse to do it and stand by your actual convictions, or just do it as it should be done. But this isn’t a protest it’s empty posturing and virtue signalling.”

Not everybody agreed nevertheless, with some calling the mp ‘iconic’.

One individual, Harvey, mentioned: “The responses to this was so weird. Be a monarchist all you like, no need to insult Clive Lewis for disagreeing with you. Frankly, the opinion of a single backbencher shouldn’t affect you that much.”

Vik additionally replied: “Incredible comments under this. An MP expressing a political opinion and communicating it to the voting public while also clearly expressing loyalty to the head of state is merely “posturing” and “should not be an MP”. Do the public know what politics is?”