Clegg claims Gove was behind a story alleging the Queen was pro-Brexit

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The supposed views of the Queen on Brexit were leaked to the press in the run up to the EU referendum, and now the person behind the story has been named by the ex-deputy prime minister.

According to Nick Clegg, it was Michael Gove who leaked a story claiming that Her Majesty was pro-Brexit - views later denied by Buckingham Palace.

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Clegg has pointed the finger at Gove over the story, which appeared in the Sun on Sunday in March, a new BBC documentary on Brexit reveals.

"Michael Gove obviously communicated it - well, I know he did," he said.

Gove, the former justice secretary and a runner in the Tory leadership race before conceding to Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom, has previously denied being behind the story.

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The palace made a complaint to the press regulator IPSO and said in a statement that the Queen "remains politically neutral". The story claimed the monarch had had a conversation with Clegg in which her views on Brexit were made clear. At the time, Clegg said he had no recollection of the conversation.

The documentary, Brexit: The Battle for Britain, will air on BBC Two on Monday evening.

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