January 25, 2019 / 11:29 AM / a month ago

May echoes Queen's call for respectful debate - spokesman

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks during a session at the Parliament, in London, Britain, January 23, 2019, in this screen grab taken from video. Reuters TV via REUTERS/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May echoed a call made by Queen Elizabeth for respectful debate in Britain, May’s spokesman said on Friday whilst declining to comment directly on remarks from the monarch seen as a message to politicians on Brexit.

The Queen has sent a delicately coded message to Britain’s fractious political class, urging lawmakers to seek common ground and grasp the big picture to resolve the crisis.

“With great respect, I wouldn’t wish to comment directly on the views of her majesty,” May’s spokesman told reporters when asked about the Queen’s comments. “The prime minister’s own view is that we should always show great respect for the point of view of others.”

Reporting by Kylie macLellan, writing by William James; editing by Stephen Addison

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