'Brexit hard man' Steve Baker warns Leavers not to wind up Remainers on EU exit day

The Conservative Party's self-styled "Brexit hard man" has warned fellow Leavers not to wind up Remainers when Britain leaves the EU on Friday.

Tory backbench MP Steve Baker issued the plea amid planned celebration parties across the nation to mark the UK's departure at 11pm.

Mr Baker is chair of the European Research Group (ERG), a hardline group of Tory Brexiteers who ultimately prevented Theresa May's Withdrawal Agreement going through the Commons, believing it left the UK too closely aligned to the EU.

Conservative MP Steve Baker leaves an event where Boris Johnson was annouced as the new leader of the Conservative Party in central London on July 23, 2019. - Boris Johnson vowed on Tuesday to "get Brexit done" by the twice-delayed October 31 deadline, after defeating Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt in the race to become next British premier. (Photo by ISABEL INFANTES / AFP)        (Photo credit should read ISABEL INFANTES/AFP via Getty Images)

Mr Baker, who last year boasted in a TV interview "everyone knows I'm Brexit hard man Steve Baker", asked for "magnanimity" from Brexit supporters.

He posted on Twitter:

The Brexit saga has been one of the most divisive eras in British political history, punctuated by inflammatory rhetoric on both sides of the Leave and Remain divide.

Leave Means Leave, the campaign group which is organising the "Brexit celebration" on Parliament Square, has also appealed for unity.

In an email to supporters, chair Richard Tice said: "All are welcome, however they voted in 2016, to marking [sic] this constitutional milestone in friendship and unity."

- This article first appeared on Yahoo

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