Former Attorney General, Remainer MP Dominic Grieve said he was ‘astonished’ that ministers were talking about civil disorder breaking out if the UK doesn’t leave the EU on October 31.
He believes this may be a pretext to using an act that would allow the Prime Minister to declare a state of emergency.
Such undemocratic tactics echo those used by Johnson’s supporter President Donald Trump, when he tried to force an unwilling congress to fund his border wall with Mexico.
Mr Grieve said: “The message coming from Downing Street is we have to leave by October 31 or there will be riots.
“My suspicion is that they may be planning to use the 2004 Civil Contingencies Act to suspend that law on the grounds that otherwise there will be riots before and afterwards. He said: What I find most shocking is that ministers seem to be actively promoting this idea to justify invoking the Civil Contingencies Act and declaring a state of emergency.”
In response to Mr Grieve, Brexiteer Iain Duncan Smith branded the theory as ‘the new project fear’.
“Any Conservative or former Conservative who accuses the Government of deliberately whipping up fears of civil disorder as a pretext to get us out of the EU should hang their head in shame.”