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Brexit chaos: U.K. lawmakers fear for their safety as stakes — and tensions — mount – NBC News

LONDON — Brexit has been delayed. But for many of the lawmakers who could ultimately decide its fate, there is no breathing space from Britain’s messy and at times toxic divorce from the European Union.

Prime Minister Theresa May blamed Parliament for the chaos in a televised address to the public. And as lawmakers prepare for a week in which they could seize control of the process, many have warned that they fear for their safety amid an increasingly bitter and divisive mood in the country.

Anna Soubry, a member of parliament (MP) for Nottinghamshire who quit May’s ruling Conservative Party over her handling of the issue, said she could not go home this weekend as she doesn’t feel safe.

“We are tired of being called traitors,” she told reporters Friday. “When people use that language, the next thing that happens is I get an email that says — traitors get beheaded, that’s what should happen to you.”

In her address on Thursday, May accused lawmakers of doing everything possible to avoid making a choice on Brexit, adding that people were tired of infighting, political games and arcane procedural rows.

“It is high time we made a decision,” May said, staring into the camera and telling Britons: “I am on your side.”

Her government agreed an exit deal with the E.U. in November, but Parliament has voted it down twice. Weeks of extensive debate have brought no consensus on a way to move forward.

On Thursday, European leaders granted May’s request for an extension to the deadline for Britain’s exit, but unless lawmakers approve her deal or find some other way forward, the U.K. will crash out with no deal on April 12.

The public is growing frustrated with the lack of progress, nearly three years after they voted to leave in a June 2016 referendum.

A poll released by British broadcaster Sky News earlier this week found that a whopping 90 per cent think the handling of the country’s exit from Europe is a ‘national humiliation.’ Thirty-four per cent of respondents said they think May’s government is most to blame, while 26 per cent primarily blame Parliament.

Brexit chaos: U.K. lawmakers fear for their safety as stakes — and tensions — mount – NBC News

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