Tommy Robinson flees the UK for good after arson attack
The former English Defence League leader has sought refuge in Spain after being the target of an alleged attack.
Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, said the arson came ‘quite a few weeks ago’, after ‘all the BLM (Black Lives Matter) stuff’, and that he had to stay away in order to be with his family and keep them safe.
Robinson said in a video on social media:
‘I’m looking at relocating my family, which is pretty hard to do, especially with COVID — I couldn’t even get a hotel… to move them out to.
‘Obviously my wife has had enough of everything — someone gave her somewhere to stay, so we left the country, and I was due to be flying back for the demonstration, but now with this 14-day quarantine, I probably won’t get back out and my kids are out here.’
He appears to be in Spain, saying in the video that his plans to return to the UK for a rally this weekend had been thwarted by the Government’s announcement of a 14 day quarantine for travellers returning from the country amid a spike in cases of Covid-19.
‘Someone gave us somewhere to stay’ he continued. ‘So we left the country. I was due to be flying back for the demonstration, but obviously now with this 14 day quarantine I probably won’t be able to get back.’
Lawyer Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu, writing on Twitter, said: “No country should give Tommy Robinson refuge. Period. Payback time for inciting hate against all those who sought refuge in UK from persecution/war/economic oppression.
“He runs to a European country which would’ve been easier to settle in if not for Brexit. Can’t make it up.”
One man said: “I see Tommy Robinson is moving to another country for a better life for himself and his family. Want to take the moment out to ask if he will be known as refugee or expat?”
Another added: “Tommy Robinson is moving to Spain? I hope they show him as much hospitality as he does for immigrants that come to the UK.”
Robinson, who is seen by many as an activist for the working man’s rights, spent time in prison last year after he filmed defendants in a grooming trial and live-streamed it on Facebook.