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In a foul-mouthed late night tweet, Neil Coyle said “fat old racists” like Rees-Mogg would blame the EU if Brexit goes wrong and “their sh*t hits the fan”.
He was responding to a tweet from the Commons leader promoting a video of Boris Johnson calling for an end to “cringing national embarrassment about our history” after the BBC stripped the lyrics from a performance of Rule Britannia! due to their association with colonialism and slavery.
I have spent years warning local people that these fat old racists won’t stop blaming the EU when their sh*t hits the fan. Here they come blaming others. Absolute sh*tbag racist w*nkers. https://t.co/RLLuHmm8Xu— Neil Coyle (@coyleneil) August 25, 2020
Britons must never be enslaved by political correctness. https://t.co/46eOkmEUh5— Jacob Rees-Mogg (@Jacob_Rees_Mogg) August 25, 2020
The BBC also ruled that Land Of Hope And Glory would be performed by an orchestra but without singing during the Last Night Of The Proms performance on September 12.
Coyle also said Rule Britannia! was a song for “sh*tlickers” as he shared a video of Nigel Farage singing it.
If you didn’t hate it before, feel free to hate the song now. I’ve never known anyone but sh*tlickers like it tbh https://t.co/0miqxWA1jW— Neil Coyle (@coyleneil) August 25, 2020
The row has been described in some quarters as the latest battleground in a so-called “culture war”.
Brexiteers rounded on Coyle for his outspoken tweet.
Former Brexit Party MEP Martin Daubney suggested Coyle had been “drunk-tweeting” and should spend time thinking “about why the working classes have abandoned you [Labour]”.
Commentator Darren Grimes meanwhile accused Coyle of “looking down” on Leavers who “aren’t ashamed of British culture”.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost UK and has been updated.