Anna Soubry said people were being ‘whipped up into a frenzy by certain sections of the media that have frankly lost the plot’ [Image: Ken McKay/ITV/Rex/Shutterstock].

Brextremism in action: After Theresa May’s undemocratic and dictatorial Brexit is halted by Opposition MPs and Tory rebels in a democratic vote, they send death threats to the Tories.

So much for taking back power; it seems Leave supporters never wanted democracy – they just wanted to ensure an elite few would be able to make all our decisions for us.

More importantly, it indicates that these people – those who genuinely want the so-called ‘hard’ Brexit advocated by Theresa May – are mentally unstable.

No Parliamentarian deserves to be put under threat of death because of a decision they made using their professional judgement. None of them.

Even if they help pass votes that cause huge amounts of suffering and the deaths of others – such as the benefit-related legislation of the last seven years – death would not be an appropriate punishment.

In the case of the benefit-related votes, it would be letting them off too lightly.

Anna Soubry is not a traitor for demanding a democratic vote on whether the terms of the UK’s departure from the European Union – as they will be described by the UK’s government after negotiations are concluded – are reasonable.

She acted according to her political beliefs and her conscience.

And she should be allowed to witness the consequences of her actions – whatever they may be – without being put in fear for her life.

Anna Soubry, one of the 11 Conservative MPs who defied government whips this week when the government suffered its first Commons defeat over Brexit, has received multiple messages saying she should be hanged as a traitor.

Messages received by Soubry’s office – usually seen first by her parliamentary staff – also feature abuse, with one Facebook message saying: “Go hang yourself slag.”

It follows death threats to Dominic Grieve, the former attorney general, who drew up the amendment to the EU withdrawal bill that passed on Wednesday by 309 votes to 305, ensuring MPs must have a final vote on any Brexit deal.

The rebellion prompted a scathing response by some newspapers. The Daily Mail said 11 “self-consumed malcontents” had betrayed their leader, party and 17.4 million Brexit voters.

On Twitter, a post by Soubry defending herself against the Mail’s attack prompted a reply: “You and these traitors should be hung in public.”

Source: Anna Soubry receives messages calling for her to be hanged as a traitor | Politics | The Guardian


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