Grayling accused of 'gutter politics' after he said stopping Brexit could lead to extremist politics

Mail Online | 1/13/2019 | Danyal Hussain For Mailonline
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Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has been accused of engaging in 'gutter politics' after he warned that stopping Brexit from happening could lead to the rise of 'extremist' political forces in the UK.

The cabinet minister, who campaigned to leave the European Union, had claimed that putting a stop to Britain's withdrawal could end the centuries of 'moderate' politics the UK has enjoyed since the English Civil War.

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He also urged his Conservative colleagues to back Theresa May's Brexit deal.

However, his comments have now been condemned by pro-EU Tory former minister Anna Soubry and Labour MP David Lammy, and he has been accused of 'losing the plot'.

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Ms Soubry was branded a 'Nazi' and a 'liar' by a mob who targeted her during live television interviews outside Parliament on Monday.

The Transport Secretary earlier said that the 17million who voted to leave the EU would feel 'cheated' by any moves to water down Theresa May's deal or thwart our exit entirely.

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This would have grave implications for our democracy, he said, ending centuries of moderate politics.

Ms Soubry described Mr Grayling's comments as 'irresponsible nonsense'.

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She tweeted: 'The 15 yobs who have been roaming outside Parliament do not represent anyone but themselves. It's shameful to validate them in this way. Right-wing extremists have always existed Brexit is just an excuse - this is their real agenda.'

Labour's David Lammy added: 'This is a desperate attempt by a Government minister to use a tiny far-right minority to hold our democracy to ransom. It is gutter politics.

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'History shows us appeasement only emboldens the far right and impoverishing the country through Brexit will only increase resentment.

'To heal our nation, we need to provide a positive narrative that actually addresses the inequalities that have been allowed to ferment over recent years, rather than follow through with bogus solution that worsens them.'

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