One MP reckons it’s time to ditch “God Save the Queen” and let England have its own anthem.
MPs are debating whether England should be given its own national anthem – rather than the UK-wide “God Save the Queen”.
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At the moment “God Save the Queen” – the national anthem for the UK as a whole – is played for England at most international matches.
In the House of Commons on Wednesday, the Chesterfield MP will call for a public consultation so that people can decide which song is best for England.
Perkins told BuzzFeed News: “England is a component part of Britain but having our own national anthem is recognising England as its own nation, just as Scotland and Wales are.”
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He said: “We’re going to be playing Wales in the football this summer, just as we did in the rugby this winter. It seems wrong that Wales is singing its own song while we sing ‘God Save the Queen’.”
His Commons motion has support from some Conservative and Liberal Democrat MPs but is unlikely to lead to action without government support. Perkins told us he would also start an e-petition to pile pressure on ministers to start a consultation.