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There's a Secret Plan in Place to Evacuate Queen Elizabeth in the Event of Brexit Riots

The proposal dates back to the Cold War.
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As Britain's scheduled exit date from the EU—Friday, March 29—draws closer, contingency plans are being put in place for a no-deal Brexit, including what should happen to the royal family in the event of civil unrest in London.

This weekend, the Sunday Times reported that "secret plans" to evacuate the Queen and other senior royals in the event of riots are currently being drafted. 

"These emergency evacuation plans have been in existence since the Cold War, but have now been repurposed in the event of civil disorder following a no-deal Brexit," a Cabinet Office source said, according to the Sunday Times.

Originally, these plans were called "Operation Candid," and involved the Queen being evacuated via the royal yacht Britannia, in the case of a Soviet Union attack. As that ship was decommissioned in 1997, the strategy has since changed.

The Times reports that, should there be violent crowds following a no-deal exit, the Queen and the Duke "would be moved out of London to a secret location," though they did not disclose where.

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“It would be irresponsible if we didn’t consider every eventuality in the event of a no-deal Brexit — no matter how unlikely — and of course, that would include the security of the royal family,” a senior Whitehall source told the paper.

But there's no reason to be worried at this point.

"The decision to evacuate members of the royal family is based on whether or not their safety is compromised," a government source told the publication. "But right now we have no concern about their safety."

*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com

*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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