In the recent attack on Jo Cox MP, the attacker is alleged to have said “Britain First”. At his appearance before the Magistrates, he said his name was “death to traitors!” Following her death several claims appeared in social media stating that Jo Cox was a traitor. Although it was not clear what it was that made her a traitor, claims emerged on social media that there was a list of traitors who were to face justice over the EU referendum. The claims did not show the list, the criteria for treason, or who decides the membership, but the claim was circulated widely. In one case, a user on Twitter had a list of “traitors”, which is now deleted, that included Jo Cox.
What makes a person a traitor in UK law?
If we look at the claim that there are “traitors” to Britain, we have to understand what makes a person a traitor. The question seems obvious enough, “What makes a person a traitor to the UK?” There is a legal definition of traitor as it is found in one of the earliest pieces of UK legislation which is the Treason Act of 1351 upon which all subsequent treason legislation is based. Despite some misconceptions about treason, the Treason Acts are still in force although unlikely to be used given their historical nature and the fact that other legislation is available to punish the crime.
For the UK extremists anyone who disagrees with them is a traitor, apparently
While the legislation covers the legal definition of treason, something which Jo Cox MP clearly did not meet, we are still left with the claim by the extremist group that she, and others, was a traitor. Here the definition becomes confused as it seems that anyone who disagrees with the extremist groups is a traitor. In other words, any opponent is a traitor. As this appears to be an open ended list and would include internal disputes within these various parties, I tried to find a list of traitors so that I could discover the criteria for treason.
Search the web and you will find a list of traitors that will surprise you.
To attempt to clarify who is a traitor and the criteria for treason, I did a search on the web using the words “traitor” “UK” and “EU” since this is in the midst of the UK’s EU referendum. From that search a number of sites came up with lists of traitors. The list is common across the sites, which suggests they are either written by the same person or influenced by the same source. The same name appears as the author on some of the lists. These sites do not give criteria but they do show the following are considered reasons for someone to be considered a traitor.
- If you support the EU.
- If you support or encourage immigration.
- If you are an Islamist lover.
The latter appears to mean that you love a supporter or advocate of Islamic Fundamentalism. There may be other criterion, but these were the only ones I could uncover after a few minutes of searching the web.
If the Queen is also a traitor, is anyone loyal and to what exactly?
In the case of Jo Cox, it would appear she fit the first two criteria. Another person who makes the list, and is considered the highest traitor, is the Queen. Yes, that is correct. According to these sites, the Queen is a traitor to Britain because she accepted the EU treaty and thereby invalidated her Coronation Oath. However, it is not clear how she violated her oath except that the sites assert it. Moreover, the sites are unclear why they want the UK treason laws to be upheld since their threats against “traitors” would suggest that they might seem to be treasonous against the Queen. Moreover, it is not clear what law would be applied to the Queen since she is the fount of all laws and justice according to the UK constitution. If she is a traitor, then all persons, including all UK military, Police, MPs, Judges, and new citizens are also traitors since they swear an oath of loyalty to her.
You need someone to be a traitor so your life can make sense and you can ward off the despair.
It appears within this extremist political ideology if you support the EU, immigration, are an Islamist lover, or disagree with any of these extremist groups, then you are a traitor to Britain. In fact, the only way you can avoid being a traitor, it seems, is if you join one of these extremist groups. For minds full of fear and uncertainty, such logic provides a refuge. The extremists become like refugees from a world that appears threatening. The difficult choices that being an adult requires such as accepting that there will always be people who disagree with you, but are still decent human being, and a world that appears full of unknown dangers, can be scary. In the extremist groups, you never have to face that reality. For this reason, the term traitor and the concept of treason provide the moral clarity, safety and comforting reassurance these people crave because they do not know who they are. So long as someone reassures them they are loyal, while others are traitors, they can feel they belong and the world makes sense in their anger, violence, and despair.
 It appears that if you are pro-EU or Islamist Lover, you are a traitor according to Britain First literature. “pro-EU, Islamist-loving…traitors” http://indy100.independent.co.uk/article/just-britain-first-threatening-to-hang-their-proeu-islamistloving-opponents-at-the-tower-of-london–Z16fxI0Pvl
http://lawfulrebellion.info/list-of-traitors-to-the-united-kingdom/ similar text to number 1.
http://traitor666.blogspot.co.uk/ A traitor encourages immigration.
 http://www.federaljack.com/ebooks/eu%20truth/traitors.html (On this site the author has left his name and his mobile number at the bottom of the list if anyone wants to contact him.)
“Traitor number 1. HM the Queen. Has committed five acts of treason signing EU treaties that abolish our nation. She is the only monarch to have broken her Coronation oath. Failed as the ultimate check and balance, failed to insist on a national ballot for the abolition of our nation.”
“1. HM the Queen. Committed six acts of treason signing EU treaties that abolish our nation. She is the only monarch to have broken her Coronation oath. Failed as the ultimate check and balance, failed to insist on a national ballot for the abolition of our nation.“ http://www.eutruth.org.uk/traitors.html
 On the oath of allegiance for new citizens, see https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/268021/oathofallegiance.pdf On the oaths of the Military, MPs, Police, and Judges see. http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2002/30 section 83 Attestation of Constables https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oath_of_Allegiance_%28United_Kingdom%29#Armed_forces For MP the oath is http://www.parliament.uk/about/how/elections-and-voting/swearingin/