The Governor-General has issued the following statement to the Public Square:
I have after due thought and consideration of the proposals for modifications to our Constitution prepared a draft revised constitution.
The revised constitution addresses two issues:
1) The Monarchical 'Flavour' of the Document
2) The Residency and Age Requirements for Lords and Commons.
To this end the following changes have been made:
1a) I have changed the preamble for 'we the people' to:
It shall be lawful for the Queen, by and with the Advice of Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council, to declare by Proclamation that, on and after a Day therein appointed, that British West Florida shall form and be One Dominion under the Name of the Dominion of British West Florida.
The Dominion of British West Florida shall be founded upon principles which acknowledge the supremacy of God, faith in human rights and fundamental freedoms, the position of the family in a society of free men and free institutions, the dignity of the human person and the equal and inalienable rights with which all members of the human family are endowed by their Creator.
1b) Article III now begins:
The executive authority of British West Florida is vested in Her Majesty the Queen, her heirs and successors.
Subject to the provisions of this Constitution, the executive authority of British West Florida may be exercised on behalf of Her Majesty by the Governor-General either directly or through officers subordinate to him.
**Thanks to the Rt. Honourable James Alcock for his suggestions in this regard.
2a) The residency requirement of the House of Lords and Commons have been dropped in their entirety.
2b) The minimum age for setting in the Lords as be modified so that it applies to only those who 'obtain the dignity by inheritance'
These changes should allow us to more successfully recruit members form beyond the Dominions Borders. We assert that anyone sworn to Her Majesty in any realm is Subject of Her Majesty, the Queen of West Florida, the Constitution should reflect that.
The Proposed new Constitution is available online at http://dbwf.net/government/Constitution_of_British_West_Florida.pdf