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Decorated war veteran probed by cops over joke calling for military coup to ‘sort Brexit out’

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A DECORATED war veteran was quizzed by cops for posting a joke tweet saying: “Maybe it’s time for a military coup to sort Brexit out.”

Tony McNally, 57, had two detectives call at his home.

He said: “The tweet was just a ­tongue-in-cheek, off-­the-cuff re­mark.

“I couldn’t start a military coup! It was a waste of police time, heavy-handed and totally unnecessary.”

His ordeal emerged as cops ruled out action against leftie comic Jo Brand, 61.

She caused a row by suggesting on the BBC that political protesters hurl battery acid instead of milkshakes.

'WASTE OF POLICE TIME'

Tony argued: “She won’t be spoken to by police about what she said because it’s under the guise of comedy.

“Maybe if I’d put ‘this is just a joke’ I wouldn’t have had people on my doorstep.”

The pro-Brexit dad of two — who served in the Falklands and Northern Ireland — added: “I felt intimidated. I feel like it was an assault on my civil liberties.” He tweeted after reading of a general’s claim that a ­Jeremy Corbyn government could face an Army mutiny.

But he said the cops compared his post with threats of violence against MPs — raising the neo-Nazi murder of Labour MP Jo Cox before the 2016 Brexit referendum.

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

The Royal Artillery veteran deleted the tweet after receiving online abuse.

Police said: “We were made aware of concerns. Officers visited and gave advice regarding the post. No more action was taken.”

Nigel Farage fears being attacked following Jo Brand’s acid joke and says his security bill will have to increase
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