Guy Fawkes was a dangerous Brexiteer who wanted to blow up Parliament in case it blocked Britain’s exit from Europe, it emerged today.
Mr Fawkes was furious when he learnt MPs would now vote before the Government invoked Article 50 – and decided it was best to blow the House of Commons to pieces instead.
The 35-year-old, who was born in York but has a holiday home in Suffolk, told pals: “This is an outrageous decision by the courts – there will be fireworks.”
But his cunning plot was thwarted when a Remain-voting shopkeeper became suspicious when Mr Fawkes asked to buy 1,000 kilograms of gunpowder.
Anti-terrorist police raided his terraced house and arrested him before seizing 100 rockets, 50 Catherine wheels, 75 bangers and some sparklers.
A police spokesman said: “It was a deadly cache capable of making any early November evening go off with a bang. Mr Fawkes may have wanted to leave Europe as soon as possible, but blowing up Parliament is no way to make that happen sooner.”
Government officials were delighted the so-called Gunpowder Plot had been foiled. Lorraine Fisher, 34, a spokesperson for Prime Minister Theresa May, said: “Brexit has raised tensions in the country, and we cannot risk having a Civil War on our hands. Everyone needs to calm down.”
Ms Fisher said that to celebrate a new era of togetherness, the country would celebrate Mr Fawkes’ arrest with a pyrotechnic display on November 5.