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The Brexit party's toxic rhetoric doesn't represent most leave voters

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Throwing milkshakes at people you politically disagree with is something we just shouldn’t do. I’d love it if UK politics could be one great big food-fight, as we’d probably get a lot more done than parliament has since the referendum. But the problem is, it won’t stop there. It took less than a second for Tommy Robinson (real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon) to escalate to punching the person who threw milkshake on him. Jo Cox’s widower, Brendan Cox, responded to the Nigel Farage milkshake incident by condemning the act despite his strong political opposition to Farage, because it “normalises violence and intimidation”. If you want to hurt Nigel Farage, expose him for what he is.

I was at the Brexit party rally in London last night, with a couple of upturned buckets for chairs and a folding table with a banner reading “A no-deal Brexit would be a disaster for the UK: Change my mind.” I was inviting people to speak to me, the most basic expression of liberal democracy.

Challenging the fantasy promoted by Nigel Farage that everyone who voted leave in 2016 wanted to leave without a deal is crucial. A few people sat down for a proper discussion of the issues. Despite our........

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