Why British monarch stays above politics

Published 2:24 PM EST, Wed March 9, 2016
01:37 - Source: CNN
Queen dragged into 'Brexit' debate

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Buckingham Palace dismisses report of Queen backing British exit from EU

Constitutional role of British monarchs is to steer clear of politics

Queen Elizabeth II has political views but never makes them known in public

(CNN) —  

The storm over Queen Elizabeth II’s reported views on the European Union and whether Britain should vote in a referendum to leave the EU cuts to the very heart of royal neutrality.

Palace rejects UK newspaper report that Queen Elizabeth ‘backs Brexit’

The Sun newspaper published a front-page article Wednesday with the headline “Queen backs Brexit,” a term used to describe a potential “British exit” from the EU.

In a dismissive statement about the report, Buckingham Palace said: “The Queen remains politically neutral as she has for 63 years. … The referendum is a matter for the British people to decide.”