The Very Reverend John Hall, who is Dean of Westminster Abbey, used his annual Christmas message to worshipers to appeal to a sense of “optimism” over Brexit. The man in charge of the cathedral where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge married, referred to the Project Fear messages being put out by Remainers who have been trying to reverse the 2016 result by creating a sense of panic in the country. In his Christmas letter to worshipers at Westminster Abbey, he noted: “As I write, there is a high level of uncertainty about the future of our relationship as a nation with the wider world, especially with the European Union.
“This is inevitably troubling, with talk about emergency measures, if we were to leave the EU without a deal, concerning the supply of medicines, and the control of our ports and harbours.”
But gently dismissing the fear campaign, he added: “Somehow, perhaps I am just a naive optimist, it seems to me that things will work out more or less well.”
The Very Rev Hall also said that Theresa May and her government needed the country’s prayers at this difficult time to get a good deal through parliament.
He said: “I know any achievement of that kind require not only a very high level of hard work amongst government officials and extremely steady footwork from government ministers when so much in Parliament seems febrile.
“We must pray consistently and urgently for a decent outcome.
“What does seem clear is that it will not be possible for everyone to be content with the outcome, whatever it is.
“So we shall all need to show constraint and judgement.”
During the referendum campaign it was claimed – but denied by Buckingham Palace – that the Queen supported Brexit.
The Very Rev Hal’s intervention comes in a week where England’s most senior cleric, the Archbishop of Canterbury, has admitted that a second referendum should not happen even though he has argued for Remaining in the EU.
He said: “The first referendum seemed to open so much bitterness in our society, I really believe we have to pay attention to the result of that referendum.
“It didn’t matter which way you wanted it to go,the way people voted must be respected and it would be a great sign of parliamentary failure if we actually had to have a second referendum.”