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Plans in place to evacuate The Queen should there be Brexit unrest

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Plans are in place to evacuate The Royal Family should there be unrest and riots in London as Brexit Day fast approaches.

As reported by Royal Central in February, these plans in place since the Cold War’s Cuban Missile Crisis and are considered a “worst case” scenario with riots and a shortage of food and medicine.

The Queen and members of the Royal Family will be evacuated out of London to safe locations if things deteriorate.

The Sunday Times spoke to an unnamed source in Cabinet Office who said, “These emergency evacuation plans have been in existence since the Cold War, but have now been repurposed in the event of civil disorder following a no-deal Brexit.”

A former protection officer agreed with the anonymous source from the Cabinet Office. Dai Davies, a former police officer who was previously in charge of the protection of the Royal Family, also told the Sunday Times, “If there were problems in London, clearly you would remove the royal family away from those key sites.”

However, in the Mail on Sunday, the Leader of the House of Commons, Jacob Rees-Mogg called it a “wartime fantasy.”

“The over-excited officials who have dreamt up this nonsense are clearly more students of fantasy than of history. The Monarch’s place is always in the capital, as the late Queen Mother, wife of George VI, made very clear during the Blitz,” he explained.

Plans during the Cold War were called “Operation Candid” and had the royals transferred to different country homes in stage one with a later stage moving them to the Royal Yacht Britannia.

Of course, in reality The Queen would never leave her home. She sat out the Blitz and will sit out Brexit, whatever comes her way.

Buckingham Palace and Downing Street have not commented on the story due to security concerns.

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Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites.