A Labour MP has been attacked in the street by a man angry about Brexit, and has accused Theresa May of stoking “fear and division” with her address to the nation.
Lloyd Russell-Moyle said the man lunged at him after “saying MPs are the problem and we are traitors” while he was out with a film crew in his Brighton Kemptown constituency on Thursday.
The MP tweeted: “He tried to assault me, grabbed and bent my glasses and for a moment I thought he was going to hit me.
“This is not normal, I’m representing my constituents but Theresa May has whipped up fear and division with her speech last night.”
I was out today in the street of Kemptown with @itvnews, a vast majority want to remain and have a final say vote on deal vs remain. Unfortunately at the end of the day a man came up and started shouting at the TV crew and me. Saying MPs are the problems & we are traitors.— Lloyd Russell-Moyle (@lloyd_rm) March 21, 2019
He tried to assault me, grabbed & bent my glasses and for a moment I thought he was going to hit me. 3 grown men had to prise him off me. This is not normal, I’m representing my constituents but @theresa_may has whipped up fear and division with her speech last night— Lloyd Russell-Moyle (@lloyd_rm) March 21, 2019
A minory will fall for hate or division of May but attack’s like this afternoons will not make me frit. Only by standing up & not pandering will we gain decency for our nation. One way to stand up to fear is to join the march on Saturday & demand a #FinalSay and @Another_Europe— Lloyd Russell-Moyle (@lloyd_rm) March 21, 2019
Theresa May was branded “irresponsible” by MPs from across the political spectrum following the televised clip at Downing Street on Wednesday in which she laid the blame for the Brexit delay on parliament.
The PM said MPs were were refusing to implement the referendum result, telling the public: “I am on your side”.
On Thursday, No. 10 denied May was putting MPs’ safety at risk by pitting people against politicians.
Asked if the PM had put MPs at risk, May’s official spokesman told reporters: “I would flatly reject that. There is no evidence to suggest that is the case.”
It comes as the threat of the UK crashing out of the EU without a deal rose.
EU leaders in Brussels agreed an extension to the Article 50 deadline to May 22 on the condition that MPs back the withdrawal agreement. But MPs look set to reject it at the third meaningful vote scheduled for Monday.