Councillor suspended over Brexit ‘treason’ petition


Councillor suspended over Brexit

Brexit petition<br />Picture: Twitter/@CllrHolliday

The councillor who started a petition calling for supporting the EU to be made an act of treason has been suspended by the Conservative Party.

Christian Holliday, a councillor for Burpham near Guildford in Surrey, has been widely condemned for his views.

Opposing Brexit ‘should be classed as treason’ says Tory petition

The petition has now been signed more than 1,000 times.

However, Mr Spooner has now been suspended by fellow Conservative Paul Spooner, the leader of Guildford Borough Council.

Writing on Twitter, he said: ‘I have suspended a member of the Conservative Group @GuildfordBC this morning. Whip withdrawn until next Group Meeting in Nov.’

Brexit petition

Brexit petition

In a string of tweets, Mr Spooner did not hold back while criticising his colleague.

Responding to another councillor who asked if it was a view held by the Tory group in Guildford, Mr Spooner said: ‘No it is not. It is illogical nonsense from someone who clearly needs ‘support’.’

In other messages relating to the petition, he described it as ‘completely mad’, adding: ‘Is it April 1st?’

The petition, created on Friday, calls for the Treason Felony Act to be amended to make ‘supporting UK membership of the EU a crime’.

It reads: ‘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.

‘(and) To conspire with foreign powers to make the UK, or part of the UK, become a member of the EU.’