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13th Sep 2022

Coronation Street actor Charlie Lawson tells Jedward to “shut up” following monarchy tweets row

They’ve been calling for a untied Ireland online.

Since the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Irish twins John and Edward Grimes have been using their Twitter platform to call for an end to the monarchy.

On 10 September, the pair tweeted: “Abolish the monarchy and give the people real democracy!”

They then wrote: “King Charles should hand back the six Irish counties on his visit to Northern Ireland – No war! Just words! It’s time.”

A day later, Coronation Street actor Charlie Lawson responded to the tweets, and told the twins to “shut up”.

As The Irish Independent reports, Lawson presented live coverage of the Twelfth of July parades in Belfast alongside Arlene Foster, who is the leader of the DUP.

What’s more, Lawson was involved in lighting a bonfire on Eleventh Night in Co. Fermanagh. The incident was subsequently investigated by the Environment Agency over waste concerns.

Despite Lawson’s attempt to silence Jedward, the pop duo remain undeterred in calling for abolition of the monarchy, and for a united Ireland.

Over the weekend, they tweeted: “Hi Royalists – British Imperialism was the cause of the Irish famine and millions of deaths around the world. We mourn for them. Sincerely, Ireland.”

They also penned: “Victims of colonisation are allowed to express how they feel! Beyond all the celebratory royal posts & propaganda the majority DGAF.”

Last night, Jedward shared that they have since received death threats for their anti-monarchy stance.

“Psychos are sending us death threats!” they wrote. “Your threatening behaviour and criminality will not intimidate us.”

Queen Elizabeth II passed away at Balmoral last Thursday. Since her death, the UK has entered a mourning period.

However, there have been reports of a number of arrests of anti-monarchy protestors.

As The Guardian reports, police in Scotland arrested a 22-year-old man and a 52-year-old man in connection with breach of the peace.

Labour MP Zarah Sultana has condemned the arrests, and has said that “no one should be arrested for just expressing republican views”.