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US NewsFalklands veteran, 57, is questioned by two detectives after posting tongue-in-cheek tweet joking: 'Maybe it's time for a military coup to sort Brexit out'

14:25  17 june  2019
14:25  17 june  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Falklands veteran, 57, is questioned by two detectives after posting tongue-in-cheek tweet joking: 'Maybe it's time for a military coup to sort Brexit out' © Associated Newspapers Limited

A decorated Falklands war veteran was stunned to find himself quizzed by two police officers over a light-hearted tweet about Brexit.

Tony McNally, 57, was visited by Cumbria Constabulary after tweeting: 'Maybe it's time for a military coup to sort Brexit out'.

Mr McNally, a father of two who served in Northern Ireland and the Falklands, said: 'I couldn't start a military coup.

'It was a waste of police time, heavy-handed and totally unnecessary. '

Falklands veteran, 57, is questioned by two detectives after posting tongue-in-cheek tweet joking: 'Maybe it's time for a military coup to sort Brexit out' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Tony McNally, 57, was visited by police over a tweet at his home in Barrow-in-Furness He told the Sun: 'The tweet was just a ­tongue-in-cheek, off-­the-cuff re­mark.'

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His brush with the law comes after police confirmed Jo Brand will not face any further action over her joke on Radio 4 last week about throwing 'battery acid' over politicians.

Mr McNally, formerly of the Royal Artillery, said that perhaps he would have avoided having police turn up at his door if he'd written 'this is just a joke'.

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He added: 'She won't be spoken to by police about what she said because it's under the guise of comedy.

He went on: 'I felt intimidated. I feel like it was an assault on my civil liberties.'

He said he made the comment online after reading that a General had warned a future Labour government under Jeremy Corbyn could face an army mutiny.

Falklands veteran, 57, is questioned by two detectives after posting tongue-in-cheek tweet joking: 'Maybe it's time for a military coup to sort Brexit out' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Tony McNally, Falklands veteran, pictured third from the left, in 1982. Mr McNally said the police were 'heavy handed' in their response He said the officer compared his post with threats of violence against MPs and brought up the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox before the 2016 Brexit referendum.

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Tony, of Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, said: 'I'm not the enemy here. I served my country and I'm proud of it.'

The veteran deleted the tweet after receiving online abuse.

Cumbria Constabulary said: 'We were made aware of concerns. Officers visited and gave advice regarding the post. No more action was taken.'

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Comedian Jo Brand has apologised for making a joke about throwing battery acid over politicians.

Her remarks on the BBC Radio 4 programme Heresy on Tuesday night led to public criticism, including from Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage, and multiple complaints being made to broadcasting watchdog Ofcom.

Last Thursday, the Metropolitan Police said they were assessing Brand's comment following an allegation of incitement to violence. They later confirmed they would be taking no further action.

Appearing at an event in Henley, Oxfordshire, on the same day, the comedian apologised for making a 'crass and ill-judged' joke.

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