The Queen is wrong to get involved in Brexit debate

The Queen is wrong to get involved in Brexit debate

Speaking after the meeting, Armstrong said the hall was divided into two teams for the game of Pointless, one headed by the Queen and the other by Yvonne Browne, vice-president of the Sandringham WI.

"I am absolutely certain that if we needed a couple of extra weeks or something then that would be feasible", she told the BBC.

"I don't think anybody will be at all surprised to hear the Queen advocating the view that in all things controversial, we should seek compromise, we should seek common ground and we should seek a way forward", he said.

"But I would say that, over time, if this is resolved in a difficult way or a hard way, it'll have an impact on where we invest and where we put people", he said. "It's been our enormous strength over centuries that we have been able to find compromises that bring the nation together".

Prime Minister Theresa May is engaged in a last-ditch bid to win support for a tweaked divorce deal after parliament this month crushed the original plan, defeating the government by the biggest margin in modern British history.

While her remarks to the Women's Institute were similar to those in the Queen's annual Christmas address, they come as May faces increasing pressure to rule out the possibility of leaving the European Union without an agreement on future relations.

The organiser of government business in the lower house of parliament, Andrea Leadsom, suggested on Friday that the European Union could let Britain delay leaving the European Union by a couple of weeks if required to get relevant legislation passed.

Although the monarch is expected to be politically neutral, she has a track record of making her feelings known at times of national crisis, having subtly intervened in the Scottish independence referendum.

Amber Rudd, the work and pensions secretary, said "wise words from the Queen", while Bim Afolami, the MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, wrote: "The Queen is right".

May on Friday echoed the queen's call for a respectful debate in Britain, her spokesman said while declining to comment directly on remarks from the monarch seen as a message to politicians on Brexit.

'The continued emphasis on patience, friendship, a strong community-focus, and considering the needs of others, are as important today as they were when the group was founded all those years ago.

"Of course, every generation faces fresh challenges and opportunities", she said.

In her speech marking the 100th anniversary of the Sandringham Women's Institute, the monarch urged people to respect other points of view and suggested "coming together to seek out the common ground and never losing sight of the bigger picture".

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