Jeremy Corbyn has been filmed savagely mocking the European Union, insisting that it did not deserve the Nobel peace prize that it won in 2012, MailOnline can reveal.
The Labour leader – who has been resisting calls to back Remain in a second referendum – is seen sarcastically saying that the EU was given the peace prize 'for setting up an army and an aggressive military foreign policy'.
'The Nobel peace prize awarding committee have a great sense of humour,' he told a conference in London in the year the award was won.
He went on: 'The European Union has been rewarded for setting up an army and an aggressive military foreign policy. It’s obvious. Don’t worry about it.'
The Labour leader joked: 'How can you not give a Nobel peace prize to Henry Kissinger? Then one to Barack Obama, who then uses the acceptance speech to call for a renewed war in Afghanistan?
'I mean, just have a sense of humour about it.'
A Labour spokesman was unapologetic, saying: 'We're sure the EU is a big and resilient enough institution to take a joke.'
The comments, made three years before Mr Corbyn became leader, will deepen alarm among Labour activists trying to persuade their leader to give his full backing to Remain in a second referendum.
The EU is widely viewed by Remainers as having secured peace in Europe following the Second World War.
Last week a tense meeting of the shadow cabinet failed to agree on a Brexit policy, with Mr Corbyn refusing to endorse Remain until Trade Union leaders had been consulted.
Mr Corbyn's remarks were made in October 2012 at a 'Europe Against Austerity' conference organised by the hard Left group Coalition of Resistance. The tone of the sessions was largely pro-Brexit.'
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