By rewarding the aggression of thugs who threaten Westminster and democracy, government ministers and Brexiters are saying Remainers’ anger doesn’t count.

• Speaking to BBC Radio 4′s Today programme this morning, the Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay said that a second referendum would be “hugely damaging to our democracy... We saw in the appalling scenes outside parliament in the way my colleague Anna Soubry was disgracefully treated yesterday how divisive this process has been.”
• He added that MPs should “come together in the national interest to unite behind the only deal on the table a deal that delivers on the biggest vote in our democratic history.”

BBC Radio 4’s Today programme

Government ministers and apologists saying a referendum should not happen because thugs abused an MP, well done, you have just shown those thugs that their approach works and given our democracy and rule of law a(nother) kick in the nuts.

You — Tim Montgomerie, Stephen Barclay, etc — may look on what happened to Anna Soubry as an opportunity to push your anti-People’s Vote agenda, but reflect for a second on the message you are sending. If someone in a yellow vest stalks you and calls you a Nazi, should you drop your Brexit?

You are also telling us that our anger is somehow less worthy of respect or attention because our anger has so far manifested itself in ways that respect democratic norms and civil behaviour. You are telling us that we should change our approach if we want to be taken seriously.

I am really — REALLY — angry about Brexit. I have never been so angry. But I have not threatened civil war or physical violence. Evidently, that means my anger and therefore opinion counts less than some mardy fascist’s, and I can be safely ignored.

Do you really want to go down this road?

But sure. Keep taking us for granted. Take it as read that we will respect the law and behave ourselves no matter what you throw at us, so you can instrumentalise the threats and abuse from a tiny minority to remove our rights and delegitimise our voices.

Everyone advancing and defending Brexit continues to take Remainers for granted and ignores or discounts the enormous and mounting seething anger at what is being done. May even tells us we are supposed to swallow it and back her!

Powder keg.

Just because I am better at managing my anger than this person does not mean I am not angry. I can shout and point too, I am choosing not to.

Do not tell me I am making the wrong choice.🔷

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(This piece was first published as a Twitter thread and turned into the above article, with the author’s consent, with the purpose of reaching a larger audience. It has been minorly edited and corrected. | The author of the tweets writes in a personal capacity.)

(Cover: Shotscreen of Femi’s video in Westminster with Anna Soubry.)