A Conservative minister refused to apologize for insulting the “Stop Brexit Man” during an altercation in Parliament.
Nigel Adams, Member of Parliament for Selby and Ainsty in North Yorkshire and Deputy Foreign Minister, was accosted Wednesday by Steve Bray, a notorious anti-Brexit activist, as he left the House of Commons.
When Mr Bray tried to get Mr Adams to discuss the government’s announced new tax to fund the NHS and social services, the MP said he ‘was not interested in talking to a weird guy with a top hat to chase me down the street, ”a reference to Mr. Bray’s eccentric blue and yellow EU-inspired suit.
However, when the rest persisted, Mr Adams said, “Why don’t you talk to your MP and f ** k off?”
A video of the exchange, taken by a supporter of Mr Bray, was posted by the activist on Twitter later today.
But a spokesperson for the MP, who was first elected in 2010, said Mr Adams was unrepentant.
“Mr. Bray has spent the past few years harassing, tracking and cursing elected parliamentarians as well as interrupting journalists, preventing some from doing their job of reporting and interviewing,” they said.
“Mr. Adams’ remarks undoubtedly mirror those of many Democratic representatives trying to respect the will of the people and others seeking to go about their business who have been harassed or have had their work disrupted by this individual and his handful of supporters. “
Mr Bray, a 52-year-old parts dealer from Wales, has become famous for his long anti-Brexit protest in Parliament Square.
Throughout the protracted Brexit drama Westminster from 2016 onwards, he continually interrupted television interviews with politicians, bellowing ‘Stop Brexit’ at the top of his lungs and waving bigger and bigger placards in the background.
In the video with Mr. Adams, he reacts with disbelief and outrage after the minister tells him to “f ** k off” and “piss me off”.
“Oh ok, he’s a very good MP,” said Mr. Bray, before accusing the MP of drinking too much. “Still, can you tell me to get the hell out of the way?” “
“I’m boring because I want to hold you to account, and you don’t like that.” Wait a minute, I’m a citizen of this country. We elect people like you, so we’re going to hold you to account.
Mr Bray later denied harassing MPs and was simply trying to question them about their policies and votes in parliament.
“You should be able to ask a question of a member of Parliament without being told where to go,” he told BBC Radio York.
“It’s in Parliament, it’s not like I’m on his doorstep at his house, it’s the seat of power – if you write to these MPs, half of them don’t respond.
“I don’t harass MPs, I ask them questions and I like to think I am speaking on behalf of other people who may not be there to ask those questions.”