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"I'm not afraid of future elections, I'm afraid of being hurt or even killed. " Jess Phillips, MP, posted this tweet on September 25, just after a very brutal debate in the House of Commons, the first between the opposition and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson after the latter was humiliated by a court ruling. the Supreme Court has ruled its suspension of Parliament illegal.

The 37-year-old Labor MP is one of those British women politicians who are particularly attacked on social media. Like Yvette Cooper, Anna Soubry or Laura Sherriff, she receives a lot of hate messages, including death threats. But since these acrimonious exchanges with the Prime Minister in Westminster, his anguish and that of his colleagues have increased again.

"Go to the gutter, that's what happens to those who do not realize Brexit" : this is the type of email that Jeff Philipps has received in recent days, using the same phrase used by Boris Johnson in early September. On September 26, a man was arrested by the police after yelling "Fascists" and trying to break the windows of his permanence in Birmingham.

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Equally disturbing, this long series of tweets posted the same day by Ellie Cooper, daughter of Yvette Cooper and Ed Balls, two heavyweights of the British left: "I'm scared when I see the emails that [receives my mother]accusing her of being a liar and a traitor. I was scared when our house was equipped with alarms, special locks and explosive bags to check the mails. I'm afraid because June 16, 2016 [day of the death of Jo Cox, Labor MP assassinated by a neo-Nazi]two children said goodbye to their mother before she left for her and they never saw her again. I'm scared every day that the same thing happens to my mother. "

The aggressive rhetoric of Boris Johnson

Since the Brexit referendum, British policy has largely lost its reputation for stability and its polite manners. And in recent days, she has stepped on a level in verbal abuse, the aggressive rhetoric of Boris Johnson is controversial. At least, in the camp of the "remainers", and the most moderate of the tories: at the annual congress of the conservatives, which opened Sunday, September 29 in Manchester, the guard approached the prime minister rather tried to justify the vocabulary of his chief . Instead of apologizing, the latter has even given cover in the columns of the Sunday Telegraph, qualifying as"Abject act of capitulation" the parliamentary law forcing him to postpone the date of Brexit in case of absence of agreement with Brussels.

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