What is the position of the queens on Brexit

Queen Elizabeth and Brexit : Now Her Majesty is interfering

The life of Elizabeth II is a paradox, is the assessment of the London author Andrew Gimson: "She has authority and is powerless at the same time." in a recent accident he has caused, as he did for the head of state of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

In the latter capacity, the 92-year-old turned this week to the local chapter of the venerable women's organization Women's Institute near her Sandringham Castle (Norfolk). Each generation has its own challenges and is looking for new answers, reflected the monarch and explained that she herself “adheres to tried and tested recipes”.

So far, so harmless. But then there were sentences that were clearly aimed at a much larger audience than just the rural women of Norfolk. “Talk well about each other and respect different points of view; look for a match together; and never lose sight of the big picture. "From her point of view, explained the Queen, such an approach is timeless:" I can only recommend it to everyone. "

The Queen had already spoken similarly in her Christmas address. The fact that this time Buckingham Palace passed the comments on to the media on a neglected date suggests that Elizabeth II and her advisors were dissatisfied with the reaction at the time. This time, however, the intervention of the head of state made waves. "Queen demands the end of the Brexit feud," read the headline of the "Times". "Great wisdom," said Treasury Secretary Philip Hammond. One of the most important constitutional experts, Lord Peter Hennessy, gave the head of state's sentences "impeccable: it is about politeness and courtesy, not about politics".

Necessary appeals

The queen, who has been in office for almost 67 years, has mostly noticed the difference. Her last dubious decision was made a long time ago: in the fall of 1963, the pregnant queen was manipulated by Prime Minister Harold Macmillan into the question of who should succeed the seriously ill. Since then, the palace has been careful not to be dragged into the party-political arena again.

This is exactly what Brexit pioneer Jacob Rees-Mogg brought into play at the beginning of the week, who is sticking to the chaos Brexit that is imminent at the end of March. In order to prevent a now-discussed law that would delay the exit from the EU, the Queen would have to postpone the parliamentary session until March 30th at the request of the government, if necessary. The deliberately old-fashioned parliamentarian disguised his attack on the sovereignty of the lower house by speaking of "stunted" constitutional practices.

Those who are familiar with the monarchy and the constitution, on the other hand, turn away. Almost all sensible people, Gimson believes, "take care not to interfere." The author of the standard work "The New British Constitution", Politics Professor Vernon Bogdanor, says more concisely: "There is nothing that the Queen could or should do."

At most, urge you to be calm. Just how much the British need such appeals for moderation is illustrated by two events this week. Rees-Mogg's deputy in the hardline Brexit group ERG, Mark Francois, spoke of his wish to throw Prime Minister Theresa May's chief European adviser Oliver Robbins into the Tower as a “traitor”. And a survey of Brexit opponents showed: 37 percent would have objections if a close relative wanted to marry a Brexit supporter.

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