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Labour MP calls Brexiteers ‘s**tbag racist w****rs’ over Proms row

A Labour MP has called Brexiteers ‘s**tbag racist w****rs’ amid a row over whether the song Rule Britannia! should be sung on the BBC’s Proms.

In a late-night tweet, Neil Coyle said he has ‘never known anyone but s**tlickers’ to like the song, as he shared a clip of Nigel Farage proudly singing the anthem.

He added that ‘fat old racists’ will blame the EU if Brexit goes wrong, in response to Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg’s comments that ‘Britons must never be enslaved by political correctness’.

Brexiteer Rees-Mogg shared the tweet along with a video of Boris Johnson saying it was time to put an end to society’s ‘wetness’ and ‘our cringing national embarrassment about our history’, in reference to the debate.

The row comes after the BBC was said to be considering axing the patriotic songs, Rule Britannia! and Land of Hope and Glory, due to their association with slavery and colonialism.

The broadcaster later confirmed that it would not cut out the songs – traditionally sung at the end of the event – but that they would instead be performed without lyrics on September 12.


Brexit Party leader Farage later shared a video of himself singing the song, writing: ‘Stick two fingers up to the BBC and sing Rule, Britannia!’

Labour MP Coyle appeared to have reached the end of his tether with the row last night and shared the clip, writing: ‘If you didn’t hate it before, feel free to hate the song now. I’ve never known anyone but s**tlickers like it tbh’.

He then tweeted: ‘I have spent years warning local people that these fat old racists won’t stop blaming the EU when their s**t hits the fan.

‘Here they come blaming others. Absolute s**tbag racist w****rs.’

The tweets were taken down by the MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark on Wednesday.

It is understood that Coyle had a talking to by Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer’s office, who told him to delete the tweets, reported the Independent.

Rule Britannia! has long been deemed problematic due to Britain’s role in the slave trade. It was first performed in London in 1745 and became a symbol of the British Empire.

Lyrics like Britons ‘never shall be slaves’ and ‘while thou shalt flourish great and free, the dread and envy of them all’ have been criticised due to their connotations with slavery.

Land Of Hope And Glory features the music of Edward Elgar and the lyrics of Arthur Benson, including lyrics such as ‘Thine Empire shall be strong’ and ‘God, who made thee mighty, make thee mightier yet’.

Former Brexit Party MEP Martin Daubney suggested Coyle had been ‘drunk-tweeting’ and that he should spend his time thinking ‘about why the working classes have abandoned you [Labour]’.

Meanwhile, Tory commentator Darren Grimes accused Coyle of ‘looking down’ on Brexiteers who ‘aren’t ashamed of British culture’.

It is not the first time Coyle has been at the centre of a furious row clashing with Leavers.

In September last year, the MP told Good Morning Britain’s Piers Morgan to ‘go f*** yourself’ after the presenter criticised politicians for ‘using’ murdered colleague Jo Cox to ‘wage their viciously tribal Brexit war’.

The Twitter row broke out after Boris Johnson told the Commons last night the best way to honour Mrs Cox – killed by a right-wing extremist in the run-up to the EU referendum – was to ‘get Brexit done’.

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