Queen Urges ‘Common Ground’ In Likely Reference To Brexit

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Queen Elizabeth II has urged people to respect different points of view and find "common ground," in comments widely interpreted as a reference to the rift over Brexit.

The remarks came in a speech at the Women's Institute in Sandringham on Thursday, reported by British and U.S. media.

The Queen's intervention was highly unusual – throughout her nearly seven decades on the throne, she has been determined to maintain the modern tradition of the British monarch remaining apolitical

"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," the Queen said.

The Queen makes an annual visit to Women's Institute members near her Sandringham estate in Norfolk. The Women's Institute, which describes itself as the largest voluntary women's organization in the UK, has almost 220,000 members.

Her comments reflected sentiments from her Christmas broadcast a month ago, in which the Queen urged people to respect divergent views.

"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," the Queen said then.

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