Young Brexiteer Emily Hewertson exposed the widespread abuse that many of her peers face from Remainers. She admitted that many of them were “too scared to admit that they are a Brexiteer”. The 19-year-old went viral after proclaiming on BBC Question Time that despite years as a Conservative, she would vote for the Brexit Party in the European election.
She sat down with Brexit Party MEP Martin Daubney on his brand new web show ‘Leaving / Edge’.
They spoke about changing the Brexiteer stereotype.
Ms Hewertson admitted that because of her political opinion and appearance, she had been subject to online bullying.
She also revealed that this was not uncommon among young Leave voters.
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She said: “I’ve had a lot of young people message me saying that they were too scared to admit that they were a Brexiteer.
“It is such a scary scary thought that people are being held back because they’re scared of the online abuse they’ll receive from from other young people and also older people.
“I’ve had a lot of people call me ‘racist’ which is just so frustrating because being a Brexiteer does not equate racism.
“I mean a lot of Brexiteers don’t see immigration as a problem, it’s the lack of control that we have over immigration.”
Mr Daubney pointed out that the reaction was interesting because “we’re continually told that women can be whatever they want to be”.
Ms Hewertson said: “Exactly, it’s the most liberal people!
“They always have liberal in their bio yet they’re not tolerant of my opinion and then make insulting comments about the way I look.
“They look at me and they think I’m a bimbo and then they’re really surprised when I start getting into the political debate.
“I think a lot of Brexiteers have used me as a platform to show, and rightly so, that not all young people fit the stereotype.”