First things first, welcome to the forum Prince of Bohemia
I have read your post with great interest, and its a great topic. Here is my two cents worth on the subject of the possibility of a British electoral monarchy (sorry if anyone has already made any of these points)
- Although its hard to guess at times the monarchy is already electoral in that under the current Succession Laws Parliament chooses the monarch and can unchoose the monarch if it is deemed necessary to do so - Edward VIII being the last case of this happening. This has been the case since 1688 when James II was deposed in favour of William of Orange, and indeed it's debatable if it ever was in the first place. Although I'm not sure if its still the case Catholics are excluded from the line of succession along with a raft of other requirements, with the Lords and Commons in effect being a royal electoral college. How does this precisely differ from your proposal?
It differs quite a bit. Under the Act of Settlement of 1701, only the descendants of Sophia of Hannover (daughter of Bohemian king btw) can become a monarch, along with the other requirements. And in all practical purposes UK is hereditary monarchy, even if there are some legal technicalities. My proposal would essentially allow any British citizen to become monarch, however they would need to be made a peer of UK first, with peerages beeing non-hereditary.
The Commonwealth realms would be a complication of course, its hard to predict how would all of them react. Some of them, perhaps most, would leave and become either monarchies on their own or republics.
Yes, the hereditary succesion is as fast and easy it gets, thats for sure. And I suppose its a matter of preference. As long as people are ok with having hereditary dynastic head of state, it will work just fine. Once they are not though, but they would still want to call themselves the United Kingdom, my proposal, or something similar, would be a possible alternative.