Who has more power: Boris Johnson or the Queen?

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If I wrote this post a long time ago, before MPs and prime ministers existed, the answer to that question would be very easy, the Queen (/King) of course! The Queen/King used to have all the power, they would make the law, they would deside everything that happens in our country. But now they are used for a more ceremonial purpose. The members of parliament make a law or something, and then the Queen/King approves of it, and makes it a thing. But they could make up the laws if they wanted to.

I personally think they have the same amount of power, but what do you think?

Thanks for reading :)

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  • Hammond School logo jolly_seahorse | Hammond Junior School A
    10 Jan 2020

    I think that the Queen has more power than boris Johnson because she is the head of the English royalty

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      jolly_seahorse's comment 10 Jan 2020

      Why does this make her more powerful?

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      1. tom Tom @ the BNC
        talented_clementine's comment 17 Jan 2020

        Can you say why?

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  • Hammond School logo genuine_cat | Hammond Junior School A
    10 Jan 2020

    The Queen does not have any power to influence political laws. She cannot vote.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      genuine_cat's comment 10 Jan 2020

      It is not actually against the rules for the Queen to vote, but she doesn't because she must remain politically 'impartial' - which means without taking sides.

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  • Hammond School logo articulate_elephant | Hammond Junior School A
    10 Jan 2020

    I think Boris Johnson has more power because he make most of the decisions and the queen is like you said used for more ceremonial reasons and she can’t even vote!but I’m sure she has her feelings about the different political party’s.

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  • Hammond School logo chatty_leopard | Hammond Junior School B
    10 Jan 2020

    Firstly, I think that the queen has more power than the priminister but only by a bit more, because the Boris Johnson has a lot of power but he is not the most powerful person in the country. If he doesn't know what is doing or is going against the majority and is not going to the result of a vote I think the queen would have to intervene and be a queen really to help the country. But, the priminister does maybe have more has he has the power to invade countries and declare a war but by that point the government or the queen or anyone could change it. So I think that sometimes the queen has more power than Boris Johnson and I think sometimes he has more power.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      chatty_leopard's comment 10 Jan 2020

      Does the Queen have any power to intervene?

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  • Hammond School logo precious_desert | Hammond Junior School B
    10 Jan 2020

    Well I think the Queen should have most of the power because then what's the point in having one. But when the prime minister wasn't a thing the Queen had all the power. However, I also think that Borris Johnson should have power to because he has been making all the decisions on political choices from different parties.
    So really both of them should have power.

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg ethical_mouse | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    10 Jan 2020

    I think that the Queen should be treated the same because only Boris Johnson makes all of the distinctions in parliament not the Queen so the Queen should be treated the same

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg observant_jambul | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    10 Jan 2020

    I think that the Queen has more power because she is the leader of our kingdom so she should be the one making choices The Queen has all the money in the world to help poor and to get equipment that will be useful for scientist and other stuff Shes the QUEEN she should be in charge and make more choices Another of my opinions i think that the goverment should just be a little side kick overall the Queen is in charge of the WHOLE off England

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      observant_jambul's comment 10 Jan 2020

      Why should someone who hasn't been elected be in charge of decisions?

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  • Hammond School logo happy_politics | Hammond Junior School A
    10 Jan 2020

    I believe that Boris Johnson has more power. This is because every idea to change something large about the country is voted for or against in The House Of Commons. However, the Queen is not involved in this. Boris Johnson is. That means the Queen cannot change the nation’s ways, but Boris can.

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  • Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg brilliant_fossil | Upton Cross Primary School A
    10 Jan 2020

    I think that the queen has more power because priministers comes before the queen but at the same time Borris Johnson has more power because he has the right to change the world so the world is in his hands so I personally agree.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School clever_coconut | Lyons Hall Primary School B
    13 Jan 2020

    I think the Queen has more power because she has power of telling people what to do whereas Boris Johnson is the Prime Minister which is still important but he isn't in charge in charge the Queen is.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School kind_dinosaur | Lyons Hall Primary School B
    13 Jan 2020

    What would happen if the queen had more power?
    If the queen had more power what would happen? Would the government be overthrown? Would people still vote? Would she make her own new 10 downing street?
    What would happen if things stayed the same?
    Well, things would stay the same.
    What would happen if they had the same amount of power?
    Would they argue for more power? Would they get along nicely and make good decisions? Would they overthrow parliament?
    These are all just ideas but it’s important to think about.

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  • Hammond School logo fantastic_world | Hammond Junior School F
    13 Jan 2020

    I think that Boris Johnson has more power than the queen because he makes all the decisions and then he has to go to the queen and see if she will approve it. A long time ago before they had prime ministers there just used to be a queen or king and they would decide what happens they would decide whether people would go to prison but since they have introduced a prime minister and politicians, gradually the queens power is slowly slipping away from her.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      fantastic_world's comment 13 Jan 2020

      Yes - and the Queen plays a largely ceremonial role now, whereas she used to have the ability to make rules.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School frank_hedgehog | Lyons Hall Primary School C
    14 Jan 2020

    The Queen because Boris Johnson basically works for the Queen.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School industrious_cranberry | Lyons Hall Primary School C
    14 Jan 2020

    i think the Prime minister has more power because he makes the laws and all the Queen needs to do is to approve it so that is why I think the Prime Minister has more power than the Queen. Thank you very much about this writing it was very good and has helped me with my opinion.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School friendly_economics | Lyons Hall Primary School C
    14 Jan 2020

    I think the Queen has more power than anyone because she is the Queen of England and can get rid of Boris Jonson

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  • Weston-Favell-logo-250x250.jpg honorable_conclusion | Weston Favell Academy
    14 Jan 2020

    The queen has more power. This is because she has to approve certain things that Boris Johnson wants to do before they can be put into place. For example, when Boris Johnson prorogued Parliament in September, he had to ask the Queen for permission to do so. In addition, after the recent general election, when Boris Johnson got into power, he had to ask the Queen's permission to form parliament. This meant that before he could put into place his government the Queen had to make sure she approves of it. However, mostly, this is just ceremonial and the queen approves every time.
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-49493632

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    1. Hammond School logo genuine_cat | Hammond Junior School A
      honorable_conclusion's comment 15 Jan 2020

      Do you mean that the Queen has more power or authority?

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg honorable_meerkat | Michael Faraday School
    14 Jan 2020

    I think that the Queen has more power over Boris Johnson as she is the Queen of the UK.

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg mindblowing_clarinet | Boutcher C of E Primary School B
    15 Jan 2020

    sadly Boris Johnson because politicians make the law and the royal family don't

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg involved_watermelon | Boutcher C of E Primary School B
    15 Jan 2020

    i think it is her majesty the queen

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      involved_watermelon's comment 15 Jan 2020

      Can you say why?

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  • The Sherwood School giving_orangutan | The Sherwood School
    16 Jan 2020

    In my opinion I think Boris Johnson has more power because the queen is just the ruler of England and is not really involved in politics like our PM, Boris Johnson. Boris Johnson is more enthusiastic in the way he speaks this is because in the houses of Parliament Boris Johnson does things such as debates, speeches and many more however the queen does do speeches but not as much as Boris Johnson. As Boris Johnson is on the conservatives he is on the against side because labour is the for side meaning that whatever Boris is saying labour does not agree with it and when the conservatives say something labour also does not agree this is called a debate. The queen makes decision on what to say she would say yes or no if she wants something to happen. Boris however sometimes thinks of the ideas that the queen will say yes or no to.

    This is why I think that the PM has more power than the queen.

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  • Evelyn-Street-logo-250x250.jpg confident_keyboard | Evelyn Street Primary School B
    16 Jan 2020

    I think that the Queen has more power but the MP is getting more attention. I think that because the Queen has more influence over the world than our MP.

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  • Hillyfield School logo triumphant_performance | Hillyfield Primary Academy
    16 Jan 2020

    I think that Boris has more power because he can try and put rules thorough parliament

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  • The-Ruth-Gorse-logo-250x250.jpg balanced_singer | The Ruth Gorse Academy
    16 Jan 2020

    Although the Queen has to remain strictly neutral with respect to political matters and not vote or stand for election, she does have important ceremonial and formal roles when it comes to the government of the UK. The phrase 'Queen in Parliament' is used to describe the British legislature ( a person who makes laws ). It consists of the Sovereign, the House of Lords and the House of Commons. The sovereign is a supreme ruler, especially a monarch in our case the queen, the house of lords has important people such as bishops, knights and political peers; the house of commons has MPs and the PM. The Queen has to open each new session of Parliament. The Queen meets up with the Prime Minister every week. I believe that a lot of people think that the queen is more important than the PM because everyone learns about how important the monarchs are but the PMs aren't really mentioned that often - perhaps in wars and things like that, but not that often. Also, because the law is issued in her name she is technically above it, whereas we all expect the PM to follow the law. The queen can declare war; however, the prime minister and parliament will have to do so on her behalf. This is the same as many other things such as laws.

    Before I believed that the prime minister is more important than the queen; however, this doesn't mean that I believe the PM is better than the queen. The prime minister has a lot more freedom in a sense to express their opinion. If we focus on a more recent affair ( Brexit ) the queen isn't really involved much with it other than the fact she was asked to stop parliament for a while. Another would be climate change, we don't really hear a lot about the monarchy and it.

    However, now I believe that the queen is more important since she technically has to be a part of every decision parliament makes. So the PM doesn't really have absolute power. Furthermore, she is a lot more tolerant than the PM we have now and I think that's a very significant factor, this has nothing to do with power but I believe that it's a good demonstration of how differently the power is used.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      balanced_singer's comment 16 Jan 2020

      You say tolerance has nothing to do with power, but might it, in some circumstances?

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  • Hillyfield School logo shrewd_climate | Hillyfield Primary Academy
    16 Jan 2020

    I think the queen because if the PM makes a law and the queen doesn't agree to it then it is alway's her choice!

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    1. Graveney-logo-250x250.jpg lovable_writer | Graveney School
      shrewd_climate's comment 17 Jan 2020

      I disagree with shrewd_climate because the prime minister is in charge of making the decisions themselves. If the queen wanted to pass a law, it would not be allowed. The monarchy in the 21st century are just pretending; wearing fancy clothes and providing gossip for society while the government decide on the issues and the matters that will make a difference to people’s lives

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    2. Hammond School logo determined_tree | Hammond Junior School E
      shrewd_climate's comment 26 Jun 2020

      she kind of has to agree because if she doesn't then that is gonna cause BIG trouble.

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  • Hammond School logo daring_lake | Hammond Junior School A
    17 Jan 2020

    I think that Boris Johnson has more power because she cannot vote and does not make up laws she can only agree to them and Boris Johnson can change the country whereas the Queen is just respected not able to change the country.

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  • The Sherwood School fairminded_volcano | The Sherwood School
    17 Jan 2020

    The Queen, because she rules over the whole of the UK. Also she is the first person we should respect.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      fairminded_volcano's comment 17 Jan 2020

      In what way does she rule? Is it a rule that involves power?

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School poetic_rainforest | Lyons Hall Primary School C
    21 Jan 2020

    I think the Queen because she controls London. The Queen can choose what the rules can be and tell people what to do, like the police.

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  • Hammond School logo determined_tree | Hammond Junior School E
    03 Apr 2020

    boris has more power because all the queen does is "approve" laws, but she does not really have the choice because if she said no, lots of things would go wrong, and she might even be thrown off the throne!

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  • Hammond School logo admirable_cheetah | Hammond Junior School E
    27 May 2020

    On Paper, the queen or the governor general is more powerful as our constitution does not even mention anything about a prime minister, and law, acts of parliament, etc. are passed and made in her name. In reality, the prime minister is the most powerful position.
    When Boris Johnson arrived in Downing Street, he brought with him a reputation for duplicity in matters personal and professional. Only his most credulous cheerleaders expected that to change when he became prime minister. The pessimists did not anticipate how swiftly and egregiously Mr Johnson’s worst attributes would be displayed. Even by his own shabby standards it is an achievement already to have corrupted the relationship between a prime minister and the monarch. A court has judged that parliament was unlawfully prorogued. Scottish appeal judges accepted arguments that the purpose of the move was “stymying parliament” with intent to obstruct scrutiny of the executive in contravention of constitutional principle. Downing Street insists prorogation was required because a new government needed a new session to enact its agenda.
    This is a link all you need to copy this link:
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/49108512



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