Sunday, 15 May 2016

The Independent: Boris Johnson's comparison of EU and Nazi superstate shows Leave campaign has 'lost its moral compass'

The Independent: Boris Johnson's comparison of EU and Nazi superstate shows Leave campaign has 'lost its moral compass'

The Shadow Foreign Secretary, Hilary Benn, described the former London Mayor's comments as "offensive and desperate".

"Leave campaigners have lost the economic argument and now they are losing their moral compass," he said.

"After the horror of the Second World War, the EU helped to bring an end to centuries of conflict in Europe and for Boris Johnson to make this comparison is both offensive and desperate."

Former Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper joined the condemnation and called on Mr Johnson to not play "political games with the darkest and most sinister chapter of Europe's history".

"The more he flails around with this kind of hysterical claim, the more he exposes his shameful lack of judgement, his willingness to play the most divisive cynical politics, and the emptiness of his arguments," she said.

"One week it is dog whistle attacks on President Obama. Now he is trying to liken the institution that has kept peace on our continent for decades with Hitler, who pursued the genocide of millions of innocent people.

"All because he is desperately seeking headlines for a desperate campaign."

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