'Labour MP David Lammy has insisted his comparison of hardline Brexiteer Conservatives with Nazis and advocates of South African apartheid “wasn’t strong enough”.
Presented with his remarks last month at a People’s Vote march for a second referendum, the senior MP defended his views, and once again hit out at members of the European Research Group (ERG) of Brexit-supporting MPs within the Tory party.
“I’m just looking over there at Winston Churchill,” he said at the rally in March. “On the 30 September 1938 he stood in parliament and said we would not appease Hitler. I’m looking across to Nelson Mandela, who would not give in to apartheid.
“We say, we will not give into the ERG. Will not appease.”
Asked on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show whether it was an “unacceptable comparison”, Mr Lammy replied: “I would say that it wasn’t strong enough.
He continued: “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.”
“I’m sorry, but very, very seriously, of course we should not appease that, of course we should not appease that,” he added.'
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