Britain Can’t Afford the Queen’s Weakness Anymore

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In Europe, two major political crises are unfolding that are the mirror image of each other.

At the northern end of the continent, on Wednesday morning a tall gentleman squeezed himself into a commuter flight to Aberdeen. Jacob Rees-Mogg is immediately recognizable, so he was traveling separately from the rest of his party to avoid his fellow citizens guessing what he was up to. As president of the Privy Council, he was on his way to Scottish highlands, to Queen Victoria’s summer residence at Balmoral. The mission of Rees-Mogg and his colleagues was to advise Victoria’s great-great-granddaughter Queen Elizabeth II to prorogue Parliament in the crucial run-up to the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union, currently scheduled for Oct. 31.

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