Lib Dem MEP 'cynical' about Brexiteers wearing poppies

Mr Davies made the comment on Twitter

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

A Liberal Democrat MEP has suggested that Brexiteers should not wear poppies, claiming the EU is essential for peace.

In a tweet, North West of England MEP Chris Davies said he was "cynical" about Leave-voters sporting the Remembrance Day flowers.

He wrote: "We wear red poppies for remembrance and hope for a peaceful future (Royal British Legion).

"But the EU provides more than hope, after centuries of conflict it was created to ensure that it must never happen again. Am I wrong to be cynical about Brexiteers wearing poppies?".

His comments have sparked backlash online from some Brexit supporters.

One Twitter user wrote: "I’m a Brexiteer. Proud through and through. I try not to make judgements. I wear my red poppy with pride. I wear it in remembered [sic] of those who fought and died for our freedom. Freedom to vote anyway we choose."

Another argued that the poppy should not be "politicised".

"The poppy is about those who made the ultimate sacrifice, it shouldn't be politicised and everyone should be able (whatever they voted) to show their gratitude," they wrote.

In a statement to talkRADIO, the Royal British Legion said the poppy was "above partisan and political interpretation".

"The Legion’s red poppy is a symbol of Remembrance and peace inclusive of all, regardless of race, belief, origin, or sexual/gender identity," the charity said.

"The Poppy Appeal is a time for Remembrance, and the Legion will always undertake to ensure our Remembrance activity and use of the poppy is appropriate and inclusive.”

talkRADIO has approached Chris Davies for comment.

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