Suella Braverman has been warned that ‘hate speech’ could inspire the far right | Suella Braverman

Home Secretary Suella Braverman, who sparked outrage last week by calling asylum seekers entering the UK an ‘invasion’, had been warned by government lawyers that the inflammatory rhetoric about immigration risked inspiring a far-right terrorist attack.

Braverman’s comments came just a day after a far-right-linked man threw firebombs at a Dover immigration centre. On Saturday, counter-terrorism police said they had found evidence the attack was motivated by “far-right” terror ideology.

In October 2020 Braverman, then Attorney General for England and Wales, was briefed in detail on how hate speech by senior politicians could lead to terrorism risk. This followed an alleged terrorist plot against a law firm shortly after Priti Patel, then Home Secretary, claimed that “activist lawyersfrustrated the removal of rejected asylum seekers.

After the alleged incident, senior legal officials contacted the attorney general’s office to express concern that the inflammatory political rhetoric was inspiring violence.

At the end of October 2020, Braverman met in person with government lawyers, the Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice to discuss the “worrying increase in the use of ‘militant lawyer’ rhetoric” by the government, a report reveals. internal newsletter of the Bar Council.

At the time, Braverman was so concerned that she contacted Patel to ask if she would consider toning down her language.

However, last week Braverman doubled down on his choice of language, also referring to ‘Albanian criminals’ in parliament, prompting Edi Rama, the prime minister of the Eastern European country, to accuse Braverman of using words “purely xenophobic”.

A prominent lawyer with knowledge of the October 2020 discussions said Braverman was fully aware that his intervention last week in the immigration debate was inflammatory.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, they said: ‘At the very least it was reckless. At worst, she knows it risks triggering attacks. It’s either reckless or it’s deliberate and she doesn’t care about the consequences.

“The Home Secretary’s job is to ensure public safety, not to generate a serious risk of harm to individuals.” Another senior legal source, who also asked not to be named, said: “Braverman was told directly about the risks that this language poses to members of the profession.”

It can now be revealed that the day after Braverman used the word ‘invasion’, prominent far-right figure Mark Collett – who praised Adolf Hitler – was arrested for inciting hatred race and called the refugees “cockroaches” – forwarded a message on Telegram from a fellow white supremacist who said: “What is happening on our borders is an invasion and no amount of beads will change that.”

Collet, founder of the far-right group Patriotic Alternative, said in a Telegram post the day after firebombs were thrown at the Kent immigration centre: “This attack is the unfortunate result of living under a multicultural tyranny imposed by a globalist system that doesn’t care about white people.”

The term ‘globalist’ has come under intense scrutiny recently, notably in a spike in social media attacks on Rishi Sunak that are based on anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, linking the former banker to the fake notion of a globalist conspiracy. Several figures from the right-wing GB News, including Nigel Farage and Dan Wootton, also used the term after Grant Shapps, who is Jewish, briefly replaced Braverman as home secretary last month.

Far-right elements have also attacked Immigration Minister Robert Jenrick after he rejected the language used by Braverman, with one accusing him on the traditional Britain Group’s right-wing Telegram channel of ” betrayal” and referencing his Jewish faith alongside an image of Pepe the Frog, the cartoon character embraced by the alt-right.

On Friday, former Skills Minister Andrea Jenkyns caused further consternation by calling immigration lawyers ‘un-British’. In a letter to BravermanJenkyns wrote, “You were right to describe this as an invasion and many of my constituents thank you for your candor.”

A Home Office spokesman said: ‘The Home Secretary’s first priority will always be to protect the safety of the UK and the safety of its citizens.’

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