Queen Elizabeth II urged Britain’s political leaders to calm down in the wake of the chaos triggered by the Brexit vote and allow “room for quiet thinking and contemplation” before they decide their next move….reports Asian Lite News
The monarch used her address at the opening of the fifth session of the Scottish Parliament to convey the advice, the Telegraph reported.
Referring to the political and economic turmoil that has enveloped the country since, she said that Britons “live and work in an increasingly complex and demanding world” with events and developments occurring at “remarkable speed”.
The Queen admitted that the ability to “stay calm and collected” in such circumstances can be “hard” but argued that a major hallmark of leadership is the ability to take a step back.
She argued this would allow “sufficient room for quiet thinking and contemplation” and a “deeper consideration of how challenges and opportunities can be best addressed”.
In response to the Queen, First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon delivered a highly political speech to the parliament in which she said Scotland “should play our part in a stronger Europe and a better world”.
Referring to the referendum result, the First Minister also pledged to “take forward the will of our people” and praised the contribution of foreign migrants, including European students, to Scotland.
Queen in Scotland
The Queen addressed members of the Scottish parliament as she formally opened the chamber’s fifth session.
The monarch spoke in the Holyrood Chamber as part of an opening ceremony that will also include music, poetry and speeches, the BBC reported.
She said the opening of the new session marked a “time for hope and optimism” and a “real sense of renewal”.
She said Holyrood had “grown in maturity in skill” since being established in 1999.
“Of course we all live in an increasingly complex and demanding world, where events and developments can, and do, take place at remarkable speed.
“Retaining the ability to stay calm and collected can at times be hard.”
About 2,500 people are due to take part in the historic Riding Procession down the Royal Mile following the ceremony.
The Queen was welcomed by Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
Macintosh told the Queen that parliament “stands ready for the challenges that lie ahead of us” and that “every MSP in this chamber is proud to represent the people of Scotland.”
Referring to the fallout from the EU referendum result, The presiding officer added: “In these few short weeks, weeks of unprecedented political turbulence, I have already seen a real willingness to work cooperatively and collaboratively.
“I have seen the emergence of a shared agenda to clarify the identity and role of the Scottish parliament and a shared recognition that it is more important than ever that the parliament finds its own voice — a voice of hope, to echo Donald Dewar, a voice for the future.”
The fifth term of the Scottish parliament began after May’s Holyrood elections, and MSPs had their final session before the summer break on Thursday.