Deluded: May again claims whole country is uniting behind Brexit

PUBLISHED: 12:23 16 April 2017 | UPDATED: 12:26 16 April 2017

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Theresa May used her traditional Easter message to talk of people “coming together” ignoring growing fears over Hard Brexit

Theresa May has again claimed the whole country is backing Brexit.

Seemingly ignoring the fact that 48% of Britons - including the PM herself - voted to remain inside the European Union May used her Easter message to state: “This year, after a period of intense debate over the right future for our country, there is a sense that people are coming together and uniting behind the opportunities that lie ahead.

“For at heart, this country is one great union of people and nations with a proud history and a bright future.

“And as we face the opportunities ahead of us - the opportunities that stem from our decision to leave the European Union and embrace the world - our shared interests, our shared ambitions and above all our shared values can - and must - bring us together.”

The PM caused outrage from Remainers in February when her Brexit White Paper claimed she had the backing of 65m Britons on quitting the EU.

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron accused May of attempting to turn the clock back to the 1970s with Brexit and a dangerous obsession with nostalgia and nationalism.

Addressing the recent row over the use of the word “Easter” in a National Trust campaign, he said: “I fear that what the Prime Minster and others were actually getting wound up about was the thought that the National Trust might have been airbrushing out something comfortable and traditional.

“And given that we are turning the clock back to the early 1970s with Brexit (or indeed the 1580s if we do end up declaring war on Spain), then nostalgia is most definitely the mood of the moment.

“Nostalgia and nationalism have become the fuel for an aggressive and irrational brand of politics that is the opposite of what liberals stand for.

“I don’t want the Christian message to be stolen by the nostalgic nationalists, just as no Liberal should seek to appropriate Jesus for their own purposes either.

“But the Easter message is one of internationalism, if you like - Jesus died for you no matter who you are or where you are from.

“And the Easter message is most definitely not about comfortable nostalgia, it is radical and disturbing.”

Although Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has previously dodged questions about faith his message carried deep religious overtones. He called on people to use the principles at the heart of Christianity to overcome society’s problems.

And, if one poll out today is to be believed, Corbyn could certainly do with some divine intervention. The Opinium poll found just 45% of Labour supporters are backing Corbyn to be PM and among all voters that number slumped further to just 14%.

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