THE SNP’s Joanna Cherry was abused by pro-Brexit demonstrators on her way home from the Brexit vote yesterday as tempers among protesters frayed outside of Westminster.

The Scottish MP said she was told to go back to her “own country” outside the Houses of Parliament. Another SNP was racially abused by protesters, according to Cherry.

Heavily armed police were stationed outside of Parliament, where the Make Brexit Happen rally – organised by EDL co-founder Tommy Robinson and Ukip leader Gerard Batten – took place. Staff were advised to leave the building for their own safety.

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A flute band set up by Scot Billy Mitchell, known as Orange Jacket Man from his regular Question Time appearances, was also in attendance.

The Livingston True Blue Defenders, wearing quasi-military uniforms, were spotted on the BBC’s One O’Clock news as they arrived at the rally.

On a Facebook post advising band members and fans about the trip to London, the group made sectarian jokes. They wrote: “Travelling down and booked into a Wetherspoons where we will be looked after with food and refreshments when we arrive. Tim Martin the owner of Wetherspoons is the only Tim I’ll be pleasant to this weekend!”

Following the day of protests, Cherry said she had been “relieved” to leave Westminster.

The MP for Edinburgh South West wrote: “Very relieved to be safely back to my base in London. Was abused by trailing ends of the #LeaveMeansLeave protest as I walked home. Called a traitor.

“Told to go back to my own country. Such a contrast from #PeoplesVoteMarch last weekend #BrexitChaos.”

Police confirmed that there were two arrests made at the pro-Brexit rally, with one man suspected of assaulting a police officer. “Both suspects have been taken to a central London police station, where they remain in custody,” a statement read.

During the demonstrations, Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, delivered a rambling speech which made little reference to Brexit.

He told the crowds: “As of now we do not know when we are going to leave the European Union.”

Speaking afterwards, Batten told protesters: “Theresa May has had, for the third time, her not-really-leaving deal rejected by Parliament.

“What we do know is that if we do not leave the EU it will mark the end of democracy in the UK.”

Some pro-Brexit activists wore yellow vests, while others donned masks and appeared to be swearing and shouting at the police.

Demonstrators marched to Downing Street, chanting “we want our country back” and “we want Brexit”.