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David Lammy: Comparing Brexiteer ERG MPs to Nazis ‘not strong enough’

Defending views:
Lammy on The Andrew
Marr Show PICTURE: BBC

LABOUR MP David Lammy has defended comparing some Tory Brexiteers to Nazis — and said his comments were ‘not strong enough’.

The campaigner for a second referendum hit out at Conservative MP members of the European Research Group (ERG) who have urged Theresa May to take a tougher stance on EU withdrawal.

When asked on BBC1’s Andrew Marr Show if a comparison he previously made between the ERG and the Nazi Party and South African racists was unacceptable, he said he stood by his views.

The Tottenham MP said: ‘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.

‘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.’

Mr Lammy added: ‘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 of course we should not appease that.’

When it was put to Mr Lammy that he was saying Mr Rees-Mogg and former foreign secretary Boris Johnson are equivalent to Nazis, Mr Lammy said: ‘Ask Boris Johnson why he’s hanging out with [former Donald Trump strategist] Steve Bannon.’

Mr Rees-Mogg has previously denied supporting the AfD which campaigns for tougher immigration laws.

Tory MP Conor Burns said: ‘I used to have regard for David Lammy. But this is bats**t. Comparing ERG to Hitler is quite something. Fully lost it.’