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This EU Law Professor’s Out-of-Office Email Response Following Brexit Is Perfect

An EU Law Professor at the University of Liverpool has had to change his out-of-office email response due to receiving abusive messages from Brexit supporters. 

via youtube.com

via youtube.com

Michael Dougan went viral for publicly speaking in favour of the Remain campaign earlier this month, in a lecture that has been viewed over 6 million times. He is originally from Northern Ireland.

Since the UK voted 52%-48% in favour of leaving the EU in Thursday’s referendum, Dougan appears to have received abuse from Brexit supporters via email.

Dougan set up an out-of-office email response suggesting he has been accused of having his “snout in the EU trough”, and that some have even contacted him calling for his deportation: 


via legalcheek.com

Dougan’s response to those sending him abusive messages is simple, but perfect: “please do not be offended if I do not treat replying to your message as a priority. best wishes” 👏🙌

The professor told Legal Cheek:

“I’ve now updated it to reflect the fact that: a) I simply can’t deal with the vast number of emails from frightened and angry people which are now arriving by the hour; and b) since Friday, the racist messages have starting coming in larger numbers too, along the lines of “fuck off back to paddyland you fucking IRA c***”. Charming. I do hope Nigel Farage, Michael Gove, Boris Johnson and Gisela Stuart feel very proud of themselves and of what they have done to our country.”

He has since changed his out-of-office response.

You can watch Dougan’s lecture via the University of Liverpool Facebook page here.