The tweet featured a picture of Angela Merkel waving with the following text:
We didn’t win two world wars to be pushed around by a k****.
The word in question is an anti-German slur and received condemnation online.
Others pointed out that, aside from being racist, the poster was also historically inaccurate
The hastag #NotInMyName began trending online and the group initially responded by doubling down, and told the “permanently offended liberal blue tick brigade” that Twitter had rejected reports that it was hate speech.
Piers Morgan waded into the conflict and on Good Morning Britain, he called it “horrible” and told the group it “doesn’t speak for Britain.”
In response to the backlash, the tweet was deleted and founder Arron Banks apologised.
In reply to Morgan, he wrote: "The @LeaveEUOfficial team went too far yesterday but the real outrage is the German suggestion that Northern Ireland be separated from the UK.
As a result we will delete the post and apologise [email protected]ersmorgan on reflection the point could have been made better.
The comments had even made it to the House of Commons, where Michael Gove branded them “xenophobic.”