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Remembrance Sunday Outrage As Leave.EU Deletes 'Shameful' Tweet Linking War Dead's Sacrifice To Brexit

08/11/2015 13:42 GMT | Updated 08/11/2015 14:59 GMT

The campaign group for leaving the EU was accused of "shameful opportunism" for a Remembrance Sunday tweet that suggested a Brexit would honour the sacrifice of Britain's war dead.

At 12.01pm, an hour after the two-minute silence on Sunday, the official twitter for Leave.EU tweeted: "Freedom and democracy. Let’s not give up values for which our ancestors paid the ultimate sacrifice".

It was accompanied by a photo of a veteran surrounded by poppies.

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The tweet was deleted around an hour later after a barrage of criticism, including from people who supported Britain leaving the EU.

A spokesman for Britain Stronger in Europe told HuffPost UK: "Remembrance Sunday is a time for reflection and honouring the fallen, not making crass political points."

"Shameful" was a popular choice of word to describe the tweet when it went online.

Others doubted whether those who fought in both world wars did so to prevent Britain joining a union of European states.

The group was accused of politicising Remembrance Sunday.

Andy Wigmore, the head of communications for Leave.EU, tweeted that the he "apologised unreservedly" for the tweet.

"This was not intended to offend," he said.

It was not the only time politics crept in to this year's Remembrance Sunday.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, whose anti-war stance is well established, was criticised for supposedly not bowing after he laid his wreath at the Cenotaph.

He had actually bowed, though his was much smaller than David Cameron's.