Ex-Mayor says Hitler failed to con­trol Europe

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Ex-Lon­don Mayor Boris John­son has com­pared the Euro­pean Union’s aims to those of Adolf Hitler, ar­gu­ing that the 28-na­tion bloc is cre­at­ing a su­per­state that mir­rors the at­tempt of the Nazi leader to dom­i­nate the Euro­pean con­ti­nent.

John­son, the most promi­nent po­lit­i­cal fig­ure ar­gu­ing that Bri­tain should leave the EU, says the past 2,000 years of Euro­pean his­tory have been dom­i­nated by doomed at­tempts to unify the con­ti­nent and recre­ate the Ro­mans’ golden age.

“Napoleon, Hitler, var­i­ous peo­ple tried this out, and it ends trag­i­cally,” he was quoted by The Sun­day Tele­graph as say­ing. “The EU is an at­tempt to do this by dif­fer­ent meth­ods. “But fun­da­men­tally, what is lack­ing is the eter­nal prob­lem, which is that there is no un­der­ly­ing loy­alty to the idea of Europe. There is no sin­gle au­thor­ity that any­body re­spects or un­der­stands. That is caus­ing this mas­sive demo­cratic void.” John­son’s re­marks im­me­di­ately elicited out­rage on the part of those cam­paign­ing to re­main in the EU ahead of a June 23 vote in Bri­tain on whether to stay or leave. The “stay” camp de­scribed John­son’s com­ments as a des­per­ate ef­fort take the fo­cus off the eco­nomic im­pact such a rup­ture would cre­ate and on to the more pop­ulist theme of sovereignty is­sues. “Leave cam­paign­ers have lost the eco­nomic ar­gu­ment and now they are los­ing their moral com­pass,” said Hi­lary Benn, a se­nior mem­ber of the Labour Party. “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.”

The re­marks come af­ter a steady drum­beat of eco­nomic warn­ings about the shock to the na­tion’s econ­omy in the event of a vote to leave.

OUT­SPO­KEN: Boris John­son

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