No. Let’s be real. As exciting and spicy as the headline from The Sun is, and the greater level of EU interest this has garnered, unfortunately one must read this with a pinch of salt (if that).

Because the obvious issue with that front page is that it gives connotations of Her Majesty appearing at the balcony of Buckingham Palace and reading out a statement of her views on the matter. Well this obviously didn’t happen. Not even close.

The poor standards to which The Sun claim her ‘backing’ Brexit stem from a luncheon at the palace in 2011 when she got into a lively discussion with then Deputy PM Nick Clegg about the future of the EU. We are told she wasn’t happy with the direction it was going in.

So an opinion expressed at a dinner party five years ago, before the term ‘Brexit’ was even coined, is now a valid basis to make these claims today? Ridiculous.

I only wonder what I have been backing, supporting, rejecting and/or endorsing through off-the-cuff remarks I may have made years ago…


In a rare stroke of scheduling genius, this is the writer, Tom Newton Dunn, defending his piece on the Sky News paper review.