Brexiteer accused of fueling death threats against MPs over Brexit

PUBLISHED: 09:57 23 April 2019 | UPDATED: 16:19 23 April 2019

Sir Bill Cash. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA.

Sir Bill Cash. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA.

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A Tory Brexiteer MP has been accused of fueling death threats after publishing a series of controversial remarks in a newspaper column.

Sir Bill Cash wrote in the Sunday Telegraph under that MPs' attempts to take control of the Commons agenda had been “devious”.

He said the prime minister was guilty of ”capitulation” and “appeasement”.

He wrote: “In the early hours of 11 April, Theresa May made a statement in Brussels after her abject surrender to the European Council – now a constant feature of her capitulation and of our humiliation throughout these withdrawal negotiations.

“She stated that she had 'agreed an extension of time'. This was no agreement, it was appeasement on bended knee. Our ambassador to the EU even entwined it in his letter of submission to the decision of the European Council thus purporting to make it an international treaty. Under the so-called 'agreement' we were tied down by conditions like Gulliver.”

He added: “How low can we sink with the prime minister making us crawl on our hands and knees, not only to the EU, but to Germany and France?”

The column was headlined: “Theresa May is making us crawl on our hands and knees, not only to the EU, but to Germany and France.”

Former cabinet minister Nicky Morgan said the column was “not helpful”.

Speaking on Radio 4's Today programme, she said: “I understand that Sir Bill Cash has written an article in which there are all sorts of phrases about betrayal and capitulation and all the rest of it.

“As my colleague Alistair Burt has pointed out, this kind of language is not helpful. It's not the kind of language that our councillors or frankly any normal people would use.”

Asked if she saw a connection between comments made by Brexiteers and threats of violence aimed at MPs, she said: “I do. I think it's been shown that the language that MPs or campaigners, mainly in favour of Brexit, are using is stoking up other people, often who are sitting at home watching all this stuff and it gets them really, really angry and fired up and then they say things that they would never say face to face.”

She continued: “Language is important and the One Nation group of MPs that I am co-chairing has said very clearly that we should all think about the language that we are using in these debates. We need to remember that politics is about much more than Brexit.”

Last month Brexiteer Lord Lawson was criticised after he raised the sinister possibility of “understandable insurrectionary forces” if parliament attempts to delay Brexit.

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