For the first time since the 2016 Brexit vote, Her Majesty has spoken out about the contentious issue of Britain’s upcoming exit from the European Union.
But she did it in an un-contentious way.
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Our Queen doesn’t do politics. That’s the key to her staying in power: She rules by not ruling.
And so, she referred to Brexit in an oblique way. Her Majesty told the King and Queen of the Netherlands that Britain is looking towards a new partnership with Europe.
Was she expressing a tinge of regret?
As ever with Britain’s longest reigning monarch, it was impossible to know. The Queen was speaking at a Buckingham Palace state banquet for Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima. She said:-
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“As we look towards a new partnership with Europe, it is our shared values and commitment to each other that are our greatest asset and demonstrate that even through change”.
“Our enduring alliance remains strong, and as innovators, traders and internationalists, we look with confidence to the future”.
The queen is famously impartial on political matters.
Although, Her Majesty rules above the political fray, she has shown a card or two over her long reign. During the Scottish referendum campaign, she told a well-wisher that Britons should think very carefully about the future.
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For his part, the king of the Netherlands said he is saddened by Brexit but respects the decision.
“We are sorry to see you go, although we fully respect your decision. A lot of attention is focused on the ‘technical’ side of Brexit. That’s understandable and necessary”.
“But in the midst of all that complexity, we should not lose sight of the greater narrative that continues to bind us. The greater narrative of freedom, openness and cooperation, of growth and a prosperity”.