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Reform the UK honours system to remove references to Empire

Submitted by Mark Crutchley on Tuesday 9th June 2020

Published on Tuesday 7th July 2020

Current status: Closed

Closed: Thursday 7th January 2021

Signatures: 261

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Petition Action

Reform the UK honours system to remove references to Empire

Petition Details

Rename those honours which incorporate Empire in their names and introduce replacement names which are a more appropriate reflection of modern Britain.

Additional Information

References to the UK Empire ignore the historical context in which the Empire was created and the exploitation of both the people and resources of the countries which were part of it. Its existence enriched the UK at the expense of these people and countries and its impact persists to the present.

It is now widely recognised that the Empire is not something to be celebrated. To continue to reference it when honouring people today is not just inappropriate, but insulting.

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