Lib Dem peer compares Brexit Britain to 1930s Nazi Germany
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