According to the BBC's chief political correspondent Laura Kuenssberg, the group of *cough* predominantly middle-aged white men, have decided to give themselves a very catchy and 'right on' nickname.
These arch Brexiteers have decided to refer to themselves as the 'Grand Wizards'. The term was what the racist leaders of the Ku Klux Klan called themselves during the Reconstruction era between 1865 and 1869.
Yes, you couldn't make this stuff up.
In a tweet, she wrote:
2. The 'Grand Wizards' (the new name for the Chequer's daytrippers apparently) also had another meeting this morning, were they discussed again whether they could get on board to back PM's deal and there was no firm conclusion
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— Malorie Blackman is away. (@Malorie Blackman is away.)
It's also pretty unbelievable that the group simply didn't know the connotations of the term. In 2016, Michael Gove sparked outcry after reportedly making a joke about Black Lives Matter and the Ku Klux Klan during a speech at a dinner for The Society of Legal Scholars in Oxford.
I feel rather like the grand wizard of the KKK giving an address to the AGM of Black Lives Matter.
Gove strongly denied the allegations and distanced himself from the claims.
In response to the 'Grand Wizard' claims, Labour MP Jess Phillips said:
This is unbelievable yet so very believable. The group think of this proves exactly why we criticised the fact they were all white men. I'm astonished but no longer am I surprised. These people are disgraceful.
In a follow-up tweet, Laura Kuenssberg said:
Just catching up on timeline, for avoidance of doubt, couple of insiders told me using the nickname informally, no intended connection to anything else.
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