David Lammy says comparing Brexiteer Tories to Nazis ‘wasn’t strong enough’

Labour MP David Lammy says his comparison of Tory Brexiteers to Nazis ‘wasn’t strong enough’

‘Of course we should not appease that, of course we should not appease that’

Labour MP David Lammy has insisted his comparison of hardline Brexiteer Conservatives with Nazis and advocates of South African apartheid “wasn’t strong enough”.

According to mirror.co.uk reports ” He said the behaviour of Jacob Rees-Mogg retweeting content from the far-right Alternative for Germany and of Boris Johnson meeting Donald Trump’s advisor Steve Bannon justified the comparison.

Mr Lammy was asked about whether a comparison he previously made between the European Research Group (ERG) and the Nazi Party and South African racists was unacceptable.

He replied: “Andrew, 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.

“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 party, a party that’s Islamophobic and on the far right.’

He added: “The BBC should not allow this extreme hard-right fascism to flourish.”

Reminded that those he was decrying were Brexiteers were elected by the public, Mr Lammy said: ‘I don’t care how elected they were, so were the far right in Germany.

“British soldiers in this country died fighting this thuggery and extremism and here we are in 2019 with people bringing it into the mainstream for their political advantage.”

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