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The Queen And Her Family May Need To be Evacuated From London

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The political landscape in the United Kingdom has been rocky ever since the 2016 referendum that saw 51.9 per cent of voters supporting the country's exit from the European Union.

Unless you've been living under a rock with no access to the internet, you've definitely heard about Brexit and the many issues surrounding it.

In speech last month, Queen Elizabeth II, who has remained silent until now, asked for people to find "common ground" and look at the "bigger picture."

Now, with the scheduled exit date (March 29) drawing near, there's concern that there may be civil unrest in London should there be a no-deal Brexit.

Contingency plans are being put in place, and of course, these include an evacuation strategy for Her Majesty and her family.

According to a report by the Sunday Times, there are "secret plans" that date all the way back to the Cold War, but will be updated to fit the current times.

"These emergency evacuation plans have been in existence since the Cold War, but have now been re-purposed in the event of civil disorder following a no-deal Brexit," a Cabinet Office source said.

Originally dubbed "Operation Candid," these plans were created to evacuate the Queen from Buckingham Palace via the royal yacht Britannia in case the Soviet Union attacked London.

However, that plan has been replaced by a new one since the Queen's ship was decommissioned in 1997.

Now, the Queen, her husband Prince Philip, and their family members in London, including Prince Charles and Camilla, Princess Anne, Prince William and Kate Middleton, as well as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (if they haven't moved to Windsor yet), "would be moved out of London to a secret location."

Of course, the insider made no mention of the top-secret location because that would defeat the purpose.

“It would be irresponsible if we didn’t consider every eventuality in the event of a no-deal Brexit — no matter how unlikely — and of course, that would include the security of the royal family,” another source told the newspaper.

Despite remaining politically neutral (they don't even vote), the royal family could become the target of angry citizens. This is why it is "sensible planning" to think about their safety at this time, but there's no need for concern right now.

There is also no guarantee that the Queen would even agree to leave London. As the Times pointed out, the royal family chose to stay home during World War II.

As for the rest of the country, people have been preparing for the worst if a deal is not reached. People have been stocking up on food and other necessities in case riots break out.

Our fingers are crossed that the British parliament will reach a deal so the potential violence can be avoided.

Awa has been writing for Shared for 3 years. She is a serial snacker who unapologetically loves celebrity gossip. Drop her a line at awa@shared.com.