MPs have condemned the Brexit secretary after he suggested the intimidating protests outside parliament should rule out a fresh referendum.
The row blew up after Mr Barclay said the growing pressure for a Final Say referendum on the Brexit outcome should be resisted, arguing: “That would be hugely damaging to our democracy and our politics.
“We saw in the appalling scenes outside parliament, in the way my colleague Anna Soubry was disgracefully treated yesterday, how divisive this process has been.
“It is time now, after what has been a difficult period of time, to come together in the national interest, to unite behind the only deal on the table.”
The Brexit secretary was speaking after Ms Soubry, a leading Final Say supporter, accused the police of ignoring the harassment of MPs and journalists by “far-right” demonstrators.
The Tory MP, who was subjected to chants of “Soubry is a Nazi” during television interviews and later followed along the street by a group shouting abuse, said action should have been taken.
The group returns to Westminster on an almost daily basis to heckle pro-Remain protesters, journalists and MPs outside parliament, also targeting government buildings.
Ms Greening told the PoliticsHome website: “What fuels the thugs who abused Anna Soubry is when ministers won’t outright condemn these thugs and their intimidation.
“That sends a dangerous message that ministers will take it into account in decisions. That’s called mob rule.”
Dr Wollaston said: “This is orchestrated intimidation against MPs, journalists and members of the public that should not be tolerated.
“No one should suggest that we should alter our democratic process simply to appease right-wing thuggery.”
Mr Umunna tweeted: “Disgraceful for the Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay on @BBCr4today to suggest the abuse and intimidation @Anna_Soubry was subject to yesterday is a reason not to hold a democratic #PeopleVote.”
And Mr Bradshaw added: “Disgraceful comments from rookie #brexit secretary Stephen Barclay claiming the attacks on @Anna_Soubry are reason not to have a #peoplesvote on May’s botched deal. Since when has Britain give in to fascist thugs?”
Meanwhile, the police said they had been “briefed to intervene appropriately” if there is further trouble after more than 50 MPs wrote to Metropolitan Police commissioner Cressida Dick.
Laurence Taylor, the Met’s deputy assistant commissioner, said: “Our role is to facilitate peaceful protest and balance the needs and rights of all those present, including protesters, MPs and members of the public.
“We will deal robustly with incidents of harassment and abuse against anyone where that harassment or abuse constitutes a criminal offence.”
Register for free to continue reading
Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism
By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists
Already have an account? sign in
Join our new commenting forum
Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies