News: Cranwell Announces Republic

21st November 1988: Prime Minister Cranwell announced to the nation on ITN News the intention of the Government to set up a Republic following the abdication of the Queen. He explained that the Government had found evidence of that "clearly implicated the Royal Family and members of the old Establishment in attempts to overthrow the elected Government of the country by illegal means". He added that following the abdication and the fact that the Prince of Wales actions in fleeing to the United States "clearly demonstrated his guilt" that it was impractical to have another Royal on the throne and that "a modern republic in a modern Europe was clearly the only sensible option open to the Government".

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