'Pro-Brexit Queen' story prompts row
Published 10/03/2016 | 02:30
Buckingham Palace complained yesterday to Britain's press watchdog about a tabloid story claiming Queen Elizabeth (pictured right) wants the UK to leave the European Union (EU).
Under the headline 'Queen Backs Brexit', 'The Sun' quoted anonymous sources as saying she had told then- Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg in 2011 the EU was heading in the wrong direction. The story said the Queen "left no room for doubt about her passionate feelings over Europe."
The palace said it had written to the Independent Press Standards Organisation to complain that the story had breached a prohibition in the Editors' Code of Practice against "inaccurate, misleading or distorted information or images, including headlines not supported by the text."
The Queen is prohibited from taking sides in political debates and rarely makes her views public. Even the blandest statements can cause a flutter, as when the Queen told well-wishers before Scotland's 2014 independence referendum that people should think "very carefully about the future" before voting.
British politicians are immersed in a heated debate about Britain's place in Europe ahead of a June 23 referendum on whether to remain in the EU.
The palace earlier insisted "the Queen remains politically neutral, as she has for 63 years."