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Conservative Brexiteer MEP wants British people with “EU loyalty” to be tried for treason

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  • Conservative MEP David Campbell Bannerman wants people
    with “extreme EU loyalties” to be prosecuted for
    treason. 
  • Campbell Bannerman has been an MEP since 2009,
    initially for UKIP, then defecting to the Conservatives in
    2011.
  • “I think it [the Treason Act] should extend to those
    undermining UK interests through extreme undemocratic loyalty
    to other states including the EU superstate

LONDON:  A senior Conservative MEP has called for British
people with “extreme loyalty to the EU” to be prosecuted under
the Treason Act.

David Campbell Bannerman MEP was commenting in response to
reports that terror experts have advised the UK to update it’s
“archaic treason laws” in order to prosecute Jihadi’s returing
from Syria. 


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After a backlash on Twitter, Campbell Bannerman deleted his
tweet. Former Newsnight journalist Gavin Esler asked how
someone like this manages to get elected to public
office?”

Campbell Bannerman was a former Conservative Special Adviser to
Northern Ireland Secretary Patrick Mayhew in the 1990s, before
defecting to UKIP in 2004, and writing the bulk of their 2010
manifesto as Deputy Leader, which advocate limiting immigration
down to 50,000 people a year, and included a five year freeze on
permanent settlement. 

Campbell Bannerman returned to the Conservatives in 2011, and has
been an MEP for the East of England since 2009. 

Responding to a
BuzzFeed News
request for comment, Campbell Bannerman said
that he believed those who shoed “extreme undemocratic loyalty”
to the EU should be prosecuted.

“I think it [the Treason Act] should extend to those undermining
UK interests through extreme undemocratic loyalty to other states
including the EU superstate once we’ve left, but this does not of
course apply to normal democratic support for the EU,” he said.

“It would be fine to form a democratic UK party to argue to
rejoin the EU, for example.”

Remain campaigners described Bannerman’s rhetoric as dangerous.

“This c-list Tory MEP is suggesting putting the knife into free
speech,” Best for Britain champion Virendra Sharma MP said.

“One of the best things about this country is the range of
opinions that help diversify our political debate. David
Bannerman should think long and hard about his spiteful populist
rhetoric. This type of extremism is the real danger facing this
country.”

Lib Dem spokesperson Ed Davey told Business Insider:
Bannerman’s comments embody the virus that has taken over
the Conservative party. The Tories will call this an isolated
incident, but these words could have come from several Brexiteers
on the government benches.”

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