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She's at it again: The Queen looks like she's made up her mind on the UK leaving the EU

One is not amused.

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BRITAIN’S QUEEN ELIZABETH II has told an audience in Berlin that she has “every confidence” that Britain and Germany will continue to work together.

In what is already being interpreted as The Queen’s intervention in the UK’s referendum on EU membership, she told a state banquet about her country’s “close involvement” in the continent.

“Since 1945, the United Kingdom has determined to remain among Germany’s strongest friends in Europe,” she said.

In the intervening decades, Britain and Germany have achieved so much by working together. I have every confidence that we will continue to do so in the years ahead.

“Our work together includes every part of life from politics to commerce, to industry to every aspect of the arts. In particular, music, museum and education.”

“The United Kingdom has always been closely involved in its continent,” she continued to 700 dignitaries. “Even when our main focus was elsewhere in the world, our people played a key part in Europe.”

It’s not the first time the Queen has been seen as getting involved in a referendum vote. Ahead of Scotland’s vote on independence, aides were quoted as saying that she felt “a great deal of concern” over the independence referendum.

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As she spoke alongside German President Joachim Gauck and opposite Chancellor Angela Merkel, The Queen talked about how Britons have been involved in building many parts of Europe.

“In the 19th century, in the Russian empire, a Welsh engineer called John Hughes founded a mining town in Ukraine which is now Donetsk.”

“And in the 17th century, a Scottish publican called Richard Cant moved his family to Pomerania. His son moved east to Memel and his grandson then moved south to Königsberg, where Richard’s great-grandson Immanuel Kant was born.”

Immanuel Kant is an 18th century German philosopher whose work is considered vital to modern philosophy.

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