Tory Councillor Christian Holliday Suspended After Calling for Brexit Opposition To Be A Criminal Offence

A Tory councillor has been suspended by the party after calling for opponents of Brexit to be subject to treason laws.

Christian Holliday, a member of the Guildford Borough Conservative Association, had started a petition on a Government website declaring that support of the UK’s continued membership of the EU should be made criminal offence.

Holliday said that the Treason Felony Act should be amended “to make supporting UK membership of the EU a crime”.

The petition reads:

“It is becoming clear that many politicians and others are unwilling to accept the democratic decision of the British people to leave the EU,” the petition stated.

“Brexit must not be put at risk in the years and decades ahead. For this reason we the undersigned request that the Treason Felony Act be amended as set out in this petition.

The Treason Felony Act be amended to include the following offences:

– ‘To imagine, devise, promote, work, or encourage others, to support UK becoming a member of the European Union;

– To conspire with foreign powers to make the UK, or part of the UK, become a member of the EU.”

Hundreds of people signed the petition since the row broke on Monday, and the total reached more than 1,200 names.

But within hours Paul Spooner, the Tory leader of Guildford Borough Council, announced that he had withdrawn the Conservative whip from Mr Holliday.

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