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In the febrile atmosphere of Brexit, the far right is waiting to pounce | Nick Ryan

Intent on fomenting hatred, supporters of ‘Tommy Robinson’ and Ukip are using Brexit uncertainty to advance their causeIt’s been a busy week for Ukip. Once credited with a leading role in driving Brexit, it now appears to be hurtling to the far right under their Muslim-obsessed leader, Gerard Batten. Their latest leader has formed a close alliance with the convicted criminal and Islamophobic extremist Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (aka Tommy Robinson). Together they’re set to go on yet another expensive outing on London’s streets this weekend, this time branded as part of a “Brexit betrayal” rally.Batten has cosied up to a range of overtly extreme groups and figures. These include Yaxley-Lennon, whose material was listed as an influence on Finsbury Park attacker Darren Osborne, as well as the near-bankrupt far-right agitator Milo Yiannopoulos, and several other extreme online figures. Members of the hooligan-led street movement, the Democratic Football Lads Alliance (DFLA), are now allied with Ukip too. Continue reading...

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