Queen calls on bickering Britons to ‘seek common ground’

Queen Elizabeth called on Britons to not lose sight of the “bigger picture” | Toby Melville/AFP via Getty Images

Queen calls on bickering Britons to ‘seek common ground’

Britain’s monarch, traditionally silent on political issues, has urged mutual respect and compromise before.


1/25/19, 10:57 AM CET

Updated 1/25/19, 11:09 AM CET

Queen Elizabeth has called on Britons to “seek out the common ground” and not lose sight of the “bigger picture,” in what is being seen as a rare intervention into the country’s fractious Brexit debate.

The 92-year-old monarch — who, as head of state, traditionally remains publicly neutral when it comes to political issues — was speaking to the Sandringham Women’s Institute Thursday.

“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.

“To me, these approaches are timeless, and I commend them to everyone,” added the queen, who visits the local Women’s Institute once a year at a village hall close to her Sandringham estate in the eastern county of Norfolk.

In her annual Christmas address, the queen appeared to touch on the same theme, saying: “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.”

Philip Hammond, the finance minister, welcomed the queen’s remarks Friday,

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