Far-right activist Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, who goes by the name of Tommy Robinson, has left the country and appears to be residing in Spain.
In a new online video circulating online he says that he has had to flee the UK, and said that the government’s new quarantine rules has stopped him returning for demonstrations.
Speculation is rife that he is residing in Spain after he complained about the rules shortly after they were imposed on the EU country over the weekend.
Despite basing much of his politics around the scapegoating of immigrants and defending Brexit, the English Defence League founder said he now wants to remain abroad permanently.
He said: ‘There’s something I haven’t told everyone, I had an incident quite a few weeks ago with an arson.
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‘I do have the video of everything, it was targeted against my wife’s property, and at that point we left the country straight away.
‘And I’m looking at relocating my family, which is pretty hard to do, especially with Covid — I couldn’t even get a hotel.’
Referencing a right-wing rally organised by his new organisation Heart of Oak on Saturday, he said he would now be unable to attend, and will instead send a video message.
He explained: ‘I was due to be flying back for the demonstration, but obviously now with the 14-day quarantine if I fly back I probably won’t get back out’.
Yaxley-Lennon was last year jailed for nine weeks for interfering with the administration of justice, and went on to call for his supporters to back Boris Johnson at the last general election to ‘get Brexit done’.
Twitter saw some irony in his decision to seek residence in Europe, having defended Brexit, and supported calls for the abolition of freedom of movement.
‘Nice to see Tommy Robinson go full circle and become an immigrant with a criminal record’, noted Liam Ingram.
‘Tommy Robinson DOES know that foreign people live in Spain, right?’ asked James Kennedy.
‘I hope the people of Spain extend ‘Tommy Robinson’ the same warmth and understanding as he’s always extended to those seeking to make a better life for themselves in the UK,’ said @SpillerofTea.
‘Sickening news today as Tommy Robinson confirms he’s moving to Spain using the right to FoM [freedom of movement] he so gleefully wanted removed from everyone else. Repulsive man!’ said @mojitoBaB.
‘Apparently Stephen ‘Tommy Robinson’ Yaxley Lennon is considering emigrating to Spain. Talk about hypocrisy. Good thing he’s not a brexit advocate or anything or that would be a bit awkward,’ wrote Ash Smith.
Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu tweeted: ‘No country should give Tommy Robinson refuge. Period. Payback time for inciting hate against all those who sought refuge in UK from persecution/war/economic oppression. He runs to an European country which would’ve been easier to settle in if not for Brexit. Can’t make it up.’