Brexit news latest: Theresa May backs Queen's call for respect and compromise over Brexit deal

Last night Her Majesty called on the country to "seek out the common good" in what is thought to be a thinly veiled reference to Brexit.

And today the PM and a number of her ministers rowed in behind her, urging everyone to "show respect" for others.

Her spokesperson said this morning: "With great respect, I wouldn't wish to comment directly on the views of Her Majesty.

"The prime minister's own view is that we should always show great respect for the point of view of others."

Chancellor Philip Hammond said there was "huge wisdom in those words" and no one was surprised to say that "we should seek common ground and a way forward".

"That is actually what we do in this country, that is how we solve problems, by compromise and pragmatism," he told the BBC.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock wrote on Twitter: "I agree with the Queen."

And Amber Rudd added: "Wise words from the Queen."

Speaking at the Sandringham Women’s Institute, where she is president, the Queen also urged people to “respect other views” and “not to lose sight of the bigger picture”.

She said: “Reflecting on a century of change, it is clear that the qualities of the WI endure.

"The continued emphasis on patience, friendship, a strong community focus, and considering the needs of others, are as important today as when the group was founded.

“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.

“These approaches are timeless, and I commend them to everyone.”


The words echoed her Christmas address to the nation last year too, where she urged the public to put their differences aside.

The PM is trying desperately to save her Brexit deal after it was resoundly defeated last week by MPs in the Commons.

No10 are gearing up for another Commons clash next week as the Brexit bill comes back to Parliament.

But her Plan B looked almost exactly the same as Plan A – promising to ask Brussels for changes to the Northern Ireland backstop which have already been thrown out.


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