LONDON (AP) – A senior advisor to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson dismissed concerns about tensions arising from Parliamentary debates over Brexit, telling supporters that it isn’t surprising that people are upset about the country’s failure to leave the European Union (EU).
The Prime Minister has been accused of whipping up division with his charged language about Brexit opponents in the House of Commons this week.
But Dominic Cummings (pic below) told backers at a book launch that the only way to calm tensions is for lawmakers to respect the results of the 2016 referendum. He said the current chaos is “a walk in the park” compared with the 2016 referendum campaign in which the country narrowly voted to leave the EU.
Three years later, Britain and its politicians remain bitterly divided over how, or whether, to leave the 28-nation bloc.
“We are enjoying this,” he said. “We are going to leave and we are going to win.”
In a raucous, ill-tempered Parliamentary debate on Wednesday, Johnson pushed the notion that he is safeguarding the will of the public against the interests of the political establishment.
He said postponing the country’s departure would “betray” the people, and brushed off concerns that his forceful language might endanger legislators as “humbug”. Bishops in the Church of England yesterday appealed for calm amid the growing acrimony. “We should speak to others with respect,” the bishops said in a statement. “And we should also listen. We should not denigrate, patronise or ignore the honest views of fellow citizens, but seek to respect their opinions, their participation in society, and their votes.”