Its easier to shot and beat up people you don't know and have nothing in common with, fortunately it works both ways.
How old are you? Some older people who had dads who fought or lived through the war think of Europeans using a 1940s template. I don't think the same logic works for younger people today, who have a different template, one of assumed bond of friendship
That doesn't mean we want to be in the European Union but we are not as fearful of foreigners, especially when they are European. We like them and we like that we are all different (but essentially the same, as Europeans).
Here I am saying this and I'm a long time reader of EU Referendum. If you're not convincing me you're convincing nobody that counts out on the street any more. Including BNP and EDL.
I just can't imagine troops from any state in the union that would be more willing to fire on British people than British security forces. In fact, if Northern Ireland is anything to go by, I suspect elite guard British forces will be more dangerous to us.
That is mostly monarchist thugs versus mostly republican demonstrators.
I'm not a supporter of violence, and I neither foresee nor advocate a violent popular upraising.
My point about outsiders can be illustrated by the violence in Libya. It is being reported that French speaking African Mercenaries are being used to attack the protesters. The reports indicate that the locally recruited army are reluctant to join in the attack.
I suspect that any mercenary captured by a mob will be shown no mercy. Whereas a member of the army in a similar position will be treated very differently
When you refer to monarchist thugs, do you mean the British Army?