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11 Jul, 2018 15:20

'Verging on criminal’: Fury at Telegraph article suggesting PM Theresa May guilty of treason

'Verging on criminal’: Fury at Telegraph article suggesting PM Theresa May guilty of treason

The Telegraph has drawn the ire of MPs and social media users alike over an article it published insinuating UK Prime Minister Theresa May is guilty of treason over her latest Brexit plan.

Cross-party MPs are accusing the outlet of being “shockingly irresponsible” over the article by writer Christopher Howse entitled: ‘Is Theresa May guilty of treason? Plenty of readers think so. Politicians would be wise to listen up’.

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Howse explains how the paper has received a storm of letters from angry readers who feel “betrayed” by May’s post-Brexit trade plan agreed at Chequers on Friday. The plan would see the UK sticking to EU rules in order to have a free trade deal with the bloc once Brexit takes effect.

“‘Where are the politicians of principle who will honour the manifesto promises they were elected on,’ asked a reader from Solihull,” Howse wrote of the correspondence.

“Instead we have only traitorous members of the Cabinet who think only of their careers,” the reader added.

Public outcry swiftly poured in through Twitter over the article, with one saying it “verges on criminal” in its broaching of the treason charge.

Other social media users referenced the murder of Jo Cox in 2016 as a reason to deplore such incendiary rhetoric. The Labour MP was shot and stabbed multiple times by far-right extremist Thomas Mair, who was handed a life sentence for the murder.

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