Motley crew of ‘patriots’: who are the yellow-vest agitators?

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Tommy Robinson, former leader of the English Defence League, is a poster boy for the far right Tommy Robinson, former leader of the English Defence League, is a poster boy for the far rightGARETH FULLER/PA

The hostility of some elements of the pro-Brexit debate was thrust into the spotlight this week by the video of angry white men surrounding the Remain MP Anna Soubry and shouting at her.

James Goddard, the apparent leader of the “yellow vest” movement, became the focus of concern about the encroachment of right-wing views into the mainstream. He is one of a band of self-styled “patriotic Britons” who appear to be attempting to channel the infamy and fundraising momentum of Tommy Robinson.

Mr Robinson, former leader of the English Defence League, who was recently recruited as a Ukip adviser, became a poster boy for the international far right with his claims that he was speaking for the white working class and his focus on Muslim…

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