Lord Vice President of the Democratic Union of British States
|Lord Vice President of the Democratic Union of British States|
|Style||Mr./Madam Lord Vice President or Mr./Madam Vice President|
|Term length||Six months|
|Inaugural holder||Stephen Freayth|
|Last holder||Office established|
|Succession||Speaker of the House of Representatives|
|Democratic Union of British States|
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The Lord Vice President of the Democratic Union of British States is a constitutional officer in the federal government of the Democratic Union of British States. They are the highest ranking official in the presidential line of succession, taking over the Lord Presidency should the Lord President die, become incapacitated or otherwise cease to be able to execute their office.
Unlike its counterpart position in the United States of America, the position has no real constitutional authority; unlike the Vice President of the United States, they do not have a presiding role over a chamber of the legislature, and no act of legislation delegates them any statutory authority.
Despite constitutional requirements, Lord President of the Democratic Union of British States Horatio Eden failed to appoint a Lord Vice President upon taking office as Lord President on the 22nd of December, 2016; as a result, the office was empty for a considerable amount of time. Lord President Eden eventually appointed Stephen Freayth, the Secretary of the Treasury, to the post on the 15th of April.
The office's position at the top of the line of succession was temporarily - and unconstitutionally - co-opted by the former office of the Sentinel to the Lord President; however, the Sentinel's office was declared unconstitutional and repealed by the National Constitutional Court on the 13th of April, 2017.