Gosh, now why would the leader of Vote Leave have made such a claim to a Brexit-supporting paper like The Sun, that likes to bang the patriotic drum?
That would imply to Royalists across the UK that Her Majesty wanted out of the European Union and that it was their patriotic duty to oblige her.
It wouldn’t have mattered if it was nonsense because Buckingham Palace is expected to deny any rumours about the Queen’s political opinions; she has a constitutional duty to remain neutral.
Result: Gove and The Sun get what they want – and would both do it again, because they know Sun readers are gullible enough to believe it again.
Former deputy PM Nick Clegg has told the BBC that Michael Gove was behind the Sun’s “Queen Backs Brexit” story.
The Palace complained about the story, which quoted an anonymous source as saying the Queen had “let rip” at Mr Clegg about Europe at Windsor Castle.
Mr Clegg told a BBC documentary on Brexit that “Michael Gove obviously communicated it – well, I know he did”.
Mr Gove has previously denied briefing the story, which ran in March, and the Sun has said it had two sources.
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