A cabinet minister has warned that the United Kingdom could see a huge surge in right-wing extremism if the UK Government prevents or weakens Brexit.
Chris Grayling, the Transport Secretary, said that any attempts to block the Brexit deal of Theresa May, the British Prime Minister, would cause the 17 million people who voted to leave the European Union to feel “cheated.”
In an interview with the Daily Mail, Grayling said that any intervention in the withdrawal process could end centuries of “moderate” politics and result in an increase in “nasty” incidents.
He stated: “People should not underestimate this.”
He continued: “We would see a different tone in our politics. A less tolerant society, a more nationalistic nation.
“It will open the door to extremist populist political forces in this country of the kind we see in other countries in Europe.”
His comments come before the crucial vote of the parliament on the Brexit deal of the Prime Minister this coming Tuesday. The agreement is widely anticipated to be voted down by the MPs.
This week, Anna Soubry, a Conservative MP, was subjected to ‘Nazi’ insults from some protestors as she was having a live TV interview in Westminster.
Grayling added: “There’s already a nastiness and unpleasantness in our politics, more people with extreme views, more people willing to behave in an uncivilised way.”
However, David Lammy, a Labour MP, dismissed the comments as “gutter politics.”
He stated: “This is a desperate attempt by a government minister to use a tiny far-right minority to hold our democracy to ransom.”
Jeremy Hunt, the British Foreign Secretary, has also urged the MPs to pass the withdrawal agreement. He said that “Brexit paralysis” could result in damage the long-term future of the country.
However, yesterday it emerged that the withdrawal process is likely to be delayed because of a backlog of bills that must be passed before the United Kingdom leaves the European Union.
In an interview with the Evening Standard, a senior minister stated: “Certainly, if there was defeat on Tuesday and it took some time before it got resolved, it’s hard to see how we can get all the legislation through by March 29.”
Peter Hargreaves and Crispin Odey, both top Leave campaign donors, have also said that they expect that the Brexit decision will be reversed as the 29 March deadline approaches.