The Queen could be evacuated if Brexit leads to civil unrest

Elias Hubbard
February 4, 2019

The Cold War plan has been "repurposed in the event of civil disorder following a no-deal Brexit", an unnamed source from the Cabinet Office told the Sunday Times.

British officials have revived Cold War emergency plans to relocate the royal family if there are riots in London if Britain suffers a disruptive departure from the European Union next month.

According to the source, the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and other senior royals will be evacuated to a number of secret shelters scattered across the UK.

The plan has been ridiculed by Jacob Rees-Mogg, the leading Tory Brexiteer, who called it a "wartime fantasy" invented by people who watched too many news videos of helicopters evacuating United States diplomatic personnel from the roof of the embassy in Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City) at the end of the Vietnam War.

In the case of widespread rioting in the United Kingdom capital after March 29, the royals would be transferred to a top-secret location, the newspaper said.

Two British newspapers have reported on Sunday that the plan, originally designed during the Cold War-era in case of a nuclear attack by the Soviet Union, has now been "repurposed".

"If there were problems in London, clearly you would remove the royal family away from those key sites", Dai Davies, an ex-police officer formerly in charge of royal protection, told the Times.

"The over-excited officials who have dreamt up this nonsense are clearly more students of fantasy than of history", Rees-Mogg said.

Although these plans have been put in place, there is not guarantee that the Queen would leave London.

"We are working closely with industry suppliers and across government to ensure that essential defence tasks would not be affected by a no-deal Brexit", they said.

May wrote in the Sunday Telegraph that she would be "battling for Britain and Northern Ireland" in her efforts to get the agreement's unpopular "backstop" provision removed.

Also on Sunday, Japanese carmaker Nissan, which has a 30-percent share in the UK's vehicle production sector, blamed Brexit for its decision to switch production of a new SUV model from Britain to Japan.

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