Suella Braverman's husband has broken his long-standing silence to lambast BBC pundit Gary Lineker for his "disgusting" comparison of the Home Secretary's new Illegal Migration Bill to Nazi Germany. After a lifetime of avoiding the limelight as a political spouse, Rael Braverman, a 47-year-old finance manager for Mercedes, spoke to MailOnline about the horrific abuse his wife has suffered since Mr Lineker spoke out against her new bill, blaming the former professional footballer for the reaction and saying that it had compelled him to speak out.
After Ms Braverman's announcement of the new bill, Gary Lineker expressed his outrage at the legislative measure in a move that got him suspended for breaching BBC impartiality.
He wrote on Twitter, to his eight million followers: "There is no huge influx. We take far fewer refugees than any other major European countries.
"This is just an immeasurably cruel policy directed at the most vulnerable people in language that is not dissimilar to that used by Germany in the 30s, and I'm out of order?"
Mr Braverman claimed that he had no doubt the subsequent memes and Nazi slurs directed at his wife were begotten by the BBC pundits initial remarks.
He intimated that the level of abuse his wife had received, and which he ultimately attributed to Mr Lineker, had crossed a proverbial red line that necessitated he speak out in her defence.
Referring to what he termed the "Gary Lineker intervention", he said: "'I've always tried to keep out of it but this time it feels personal. It's too much."
He said the comments were "unacceptable on so many levels" and said that while he supported the right to free speech, there was a limit to these freedoms.
He added that he would happily sit down with Mr Lineker and debate the comparison for as long as it took for him to make his case.
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He said Mr Lineker's comments legitimised to some degree the horrors of the Holocaust by equating them to the Illegal Migration Bill.
And as someone who had lost family to the violent Nazi invasion of Europe, he took personal issue with the comparisons made by Mr Lineker.
The backlash to the Bill has been vociferous, both from its proponents and its detractors, with a middle ground for compromise appearing out of the question.
The Home Secretary has spent her entire tenure focused on solving what is being called a migrant crisis in the UK but has struggled to push through legislation without legal challenges.
She has said that it is her "dream" to send migrants to Rwanda and has been outspoken about the need to discourage asylum seekers from illegally crossing the English Channel.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is also said to be focusing particularly on the issue of Channel crossings after more than 40,000 people attempted to make the dangerous journey last year.
Plans to open up more centres to house asylum seekers and unwind the backlog of applications for refuge to the Home Office have also been challenged, however.
Most recently, West Lindsey District Council launched legal action against the Home Office to challenge the decision to use a local Royal Air Force station as a site for asylum accommodation.
It follows an announcement by the Minister for Immigration on Wednesday to use RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire as a site for up to 2,000 asylum seekers.2023-04-01T10:00:34Z dg43tfdfdgfd