fascismposterI don’t think the petition to ban support for EU membership is “just a foolish demand”. It is another step on the wide and well-paved road to fascism.

Look at the image, above. “Early warning signs of fascism” – and the top two items are “powerful and continuing nationalism” together with “disdain for human rights”.

Nationalism such as a refusal to countenance your country being part of a larger union? Disdain for human rights such as denial of the right to freedom of speech?

I voted to Remain in the European Union.

What a tragedy that I should live to see myself accused of treason, simply for voicing an opinion.

On the face of it, it is just a foolish demand from an unknown councillor. Christian Holliday, a Conservative representing Burpham on Guildford Borough Council, set up an online petition this weekend demanding anyone still supporting EU membership after Brexit is charged with treason.

“Amend the Treason Felony Act to make supporting UK membership of the EU a crime,” it reads. The Act would apparently be amended to include the phrases: “To imagine, devise, promote, work, or encourage others, to support UK becoming a member of the European Union” and “to conspire with foreign powers to make the UK, or part of the UK, become a member of the EU”.

It’s easy to laugh. Sometimes laughter is the only thing that keeps you in a tolerable mood when your country seems to be having a protracted emotional breakdown. And yes, we have always had overexcited, foolish councillors around us. But Holliday’s totalitarian petition should not be viewed in isolation. It stems from a history of eurosceptic thinking which has always viewed the lending or giving up of sovereignty as intrinsically unpatriotic. For some reason they do not feel the same way about bilateral treaties, or WTO membership, which also often involve giving up some sovereignty. But regardless of their consistency, this is a standard form of thought on the eurosceptic right.

Source: ‘Remainer treason’ plan shows Brexiters are losing the plot
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