The British monarch is one of the few surviving monarchs in the 21st century in spite of Britain playing key roles in ending many others around the world.
Mr Lewis is seeking to replace Jeremy Corbyn as the leader of the British Labour Party.
“I think a lot of people would like to see the monarchy scaled down – there’s been a lot of talks… that the monarchy is quite large and there are a lot of people being paid by the public purse” Mr Lewis said.
“But one of the things I always talk about is democracy. I know that liking the odd referendum…so why not have a referendum in this country on the future of the Royal Family?”
He continued to say “We’re a democracy; I’d rather see us citizens than subjects in the 21st Century. Let’s talk about what a modern state looks like and what the role of the Royal Family would look like.
“I’m in favour of more democracy – let the British public decide what the future of the monarchy is and what shape it should be. I don’t consider myself a subject, I think I’m a citizen of this country and I think the vast majority of people consider themselves citizens” He stressed.
However, following reaction to the suggestion, Mr Lewis argued that he has not called for the abolishment of the monarch.
In response to my comments about the royal family. I didn’t say they should be abolished, I have lots of respect for the hard work they do. I simply think the question about their size & the money they receive should be one for the public. Asking these questions is democratic.
— Clive Lewis MP (@labourlewis) January 10, 2020
In a tweet that seeks to clarify his statement, Mr. Lewis provides the following statement: “In response to my comments about the royal family. I didn’t say they should be abolished, I have lots of respect for the hard work they do. I simply think the question about their size and the money they receive should be one for the public. Asking these questions is democratic.