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Queen Elizabeth Makes a Plea for Respect Amid the Ongoing Brexit Debate

The royal family typically stays out of politics, but the British monarch seems to be hinting at her thoughts on the current civil debate in the U.K.
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The royal family typically stays out of politics, but Queen Elizabeth appears to be hinting at her thoughts on the state of civil discourse in the U.K. and perhaps sending a message to MPs currently battling over Brexit.

The British monarch visited the Sandringham Women’s Institute this afternoon, and during her speech at the organization, she made a statement calling for "respecting different points of view."

"As we look for new answers in the modern age, I for one prefer the tried and tested recipes, like speaking well of each other and respecting different points of view; coming together to seek out the common ground; and never losing sight of the bigger picture," she said according to ITV royal reporter Chris Ship.

"To me, these approaches are timeless, and I commend them to everyone," she said.

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Today's comments take on a more pointed meaning as the Brexit deadline, March 29, 2019, inches closer, with no set plan in place.

And as Shipp noted, this isn't the first time the Queen has subtly made her thoughts known on the conversation surrounding Brexit. Her words at the Women’s Institute echo this year's Christmas message in which she called for "respect" and "greater understanding" during moments of conflict.

"Even with the most deeply held differences, treating the other person with respect and as a fellow human being is always a good first step towards greater understanding," she said during the holiday broadcast.

"Even the power of faith which frequently inspires great generosity and self-sacrifice can fall victim to tribalism. But through the many changes I have seen over the years: faith, family, and friendship have been not only a constant for me, but a source of personal comfort and reassurance."

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This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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