Lib Dem peer com­pares Brexit Bri­tain to 1930s Nazi Ger­many

Daily Express - - News - By Sam Lis­ter Deputy Po­lit­i­cal Ed­i­tor

A REMAINER peer sparked anger last night af­ter com­par­ing Brexit Bri­tain to Nazi Ger­many.

Lord Greaves said he was wor­ried about the EU exit un­leash­ing ac­tions “rem­i­nis­cent of things hap­pen­ing in Ger­many in the early 1930s”.

The Lib­eral Demo­crat told the House of Lords there was “that sen­ti­ment among a hos­tile mi­nor­ity of the pop­u­la­tion”.

Peers said they were left reel­ing from the Nazi com­par­i­son and felt he had gone too far.

Lord Greaves said: “There are many, many peo­ple in this coun­try who are full of dis­may, dis­tress, peo­ple are cry­ing at night when they go to sleep, they are cry­ing in the morn­ing when they wake up and all they get from the un­feel­ing Tories is moans. They are feel­ing a sense of loss which is akin to be­reave­ment and a grieving process has only just be­gun.”

He claimed mar­riages had bro­ken up over Brexit and said he be­lieved there would be an out­break of at­tacks on Fe­bru­ary 1.

He added: “I am fear­ful that on Jan­uary 31 some things may hap­pen in some places which could be rem­i­nis­cent of things hap­pen­ing in Ger­many in the early 1930s.

“I am wor­ried about this, be­cause there is that sen­ti­ment amongst a hos­tile mi­nor­ity of the pop­u­la­tion.

“What we do know is that, the day af­ter the ref­er­en­dum, peo­ple had their win­dows put in.

“Peo­ple were abused in the street.

“Paint was daubed on peo­ple’s houses. It’s that kind of thing I am talk­ing about.

“I am very wor­ried there will be a wave of this kind of thing.”

Home Of­fice min­is­ter Baroness Wil­liams of Traf­ford said: “To com­pare Jan­uary 31 to Nazi Ger­many, I think, is rather a step too far.”

Lord Greaves later tried to claim he had “not com­pared this coun­try to­day with Nazi Ger­many”.

Lord Greaves spoke out

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