Labour MP defends comparing Brexiteers to Nazis

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Labour MP defends comparing Brexiteers to Nazis

  


David Lammy (David Mirzoeff/PA)
David Lammy (David Mirzoeff/PA)

Prominent Labour MP David Lammy has defended comparing some Tory Brexiteers to Nazis.

The high-profile campaigner for a new Brexit referendum hit out at members of the European Research Group (ERG) of Tory MPs who have urged UK Prime Minister Theresa May to take a tougher stance on EU withdrawal.

Mr Lammy defended his views when asked on BBC’s ‘The Andrew Marr Show’ whether a comparison he previously made between the ERG and the Nazi Party and South African racists was unacceptable.

“I would say that that wasn’t strong enough.

“In 1938 there were allies who hatched a plan for Hitler to annex part of Czechoslovakia, and Churchill said no, and he stood alone,” the Tottenham MP replied.

“We must not appease. We’re in a situation now, and let me just be clear, I’m an ethnic minority.

“We have, in the ERG, in Jacob Rees-Mogg, someone who is happy to put on to his web pages the horrible, racist AfD [Alternative for Germany] party, a party that’s Islamophobic and on the far right.

“They’re happy to use the phrase ‘grand wizard’. KKK is what it evokes to me when I think of that phrase and the Deep South.

“I’m sorry, but very, very seriously, of course we should not appease that, of course we should not appease that.”

The AfD was founded in 2013 as a Eurosceptic party in Germany, and has since campaigned for tougher immigration laws. Mr Rees-Mogg has previously denied supporting the party.

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Irish Independent

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