The Sun newspaper unveiled what could be one of the most explosive claims made in Britain’s debate on whether to exit the European Union (Brexit) Jun. 23.
The British tabloid’s front page features a picture of Queen Elizabeth II with the headline “Queen Backs Brexit.” The Sun claims the British monarch is being hailed as “backer of Brexit.”
The story is based on a lunch the queen had with the former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg at Windsor Castle and a separate conversation with members of parliament (MP) at Buckingham Palace. (RELATED: What is Brexit? Everything You Need To Know About Britain’s EU Referendum)
She allegedly told Clegg the European Union was heading in the wrong direction. “People who heard their conversation were left in no doubt at all about the Queen’s views on European integration,” a “highly reliable source” told The Sun. “It was really something, and it went on for quite a while. The EU is clearly something Her Majesty feels passionately about.”
“It was really something, and it went on for quite a while. The EU is clearly something Her Majesty feels passionately about.”
In response to an MP asking her what she thought of Brussels, her response was extremely euroskeptic. “I don’t understand Europe,” she’s reported to have said. “It was said with quite some venom and emotion. I shall never forget it,” said the source.
Buckingham palace issued a statement denying the Queen would be taking sides in the referendum debate:
The Queen remains politically neutral, as she has for 63 years. We would never comment on spurious, anonymously sourced claims. The referendum will be a matter for the British people.
Nick Clegg claimed not to remember the conversation.
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