Andrew Bridgen MP has dismissed claims the triggering of Article 50 could instigate a wave of hate crimes against EU citizens across the UK.
Theresa May's timetable for Brexit involves invoking Article 50 at the end of March, a point she reaffirmed in her speech at Lancaster House on Tuesday.
The chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), David Isaac, told the Women and Equalities Committee he fears the start of Brexit negotiations could spark a backlash against EU citizens resident in the country.
Andrew Bridgen, Tory MP for North West Leicestershire, dismissed this in an interview with Julia Hartley-Brewer.
He said: "Everyone has their opinion, but I think the head of the commission is out to make a name for himself. I don’t recognise this.
“It’s very telling that Theresa May wants to get the situation stabilised for EU residents, but this was soundly rejected by Merkel and Hollande.
“We should never tolerate racism or xenophobic behaviour, it will never be tolerated in our country and it’s nothing to do with wanting our sovereignty back.
"What I know from getting out in the real world is if MPs don’t vote to trigger Article 50, there will be a huge backlash against politicians."