At 90-years-old, Queen Elizabeth II is still very much a global symbol of Britain’s longstanding Royal Family, but she mostly stays out of politics these days. However, her latest move was entirely political, and one which has made President Donald Trump very happy.
The Queen has officially given her royal assent to the Brexit bill which will remove the United Kingdom from the European Union, paving the way for the actual process to begin before the end of this month.
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“By the end of the month, we will invoke Article 50, allowing us to start our negotiations to build a positive new partnership with our friends and neighbors in the European Union, as well as taking a step out into the world as a truly Global Britain,” Brexit Secretary David Davis told the BBC.
The Queen has officially signed the Brexit bill into law, paving the way for Prime Minister Theresa May to trigger Article 50 and initiate Britain’s formal exit from the European Union.
Queen Elizabeth II gave the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill its royal assent shortly before 11:00 a.m. (GMT) on Thursday, meaning that May now has the legal authority to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty at a time of her choosing. [Source: Business Insider]
“This will be a defining moment for our whole country as we begin to forge a new relationship with Europe but also a new role for ourselves in the world. We will be a strong, self-governing, global Britain with control once again over our borders and our laws,” said Prime Minister Theresa May.
Donald Trump was a vocal supporter of Brexit, while Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama were adamantly opposed to it. However, much the same way that the American people symbolically rejected the Washington, D.C. establishment by electing Trump last November, Brits came together and voted against staying in the EU, which was draining them of tax dollars while providing little to nothing in return.
Indeed, it has been a big year for the “little man,” both stateside and across the pond. We are only beginning to see the positive impact of our collective choices to reject globalism and embrace personal liberty. As Britain begins the process of leaving the EU, their freedom-loving American cousins will be watching enthusiastically and applauding the move.