Former Justice Secretary says Lammy is 'completely wrong' over Nazi comparison

The MP for Tottenham has defended comparing some Tory Brexiteers to Nazis. The campaigner for a second Brexit referendum hit out at members of the European Research Group.

Speaking on the Andrew Marr show on Sunday Mr Lammy said that his previous comparison between Brexiteers and Nazis was "not strong enough".

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LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: A Yellow Vest Pro-Brexit Protestor is removed from a statue during a rally at Trafalgar Square on April 13, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Ollie Millington/Getty Images)
Police officers seen protecting the entrance to Parliament Square during the demonstration. Protesters gathered at Parliament Square and marched to different places including Downing Street, Westminster Bridge, Trafalgar Square blocking the streets and confronting the police. Protesters demand from the government and politicians to leave the European Union without a deal and deliver what was promised. (Photo by Andres Pantoja / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: A Yellow Vest Pro-Brexit Protester group clash with the Police outside The Houses of Parliament on April 13, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Ollie Millington/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: A Yellow Vest Pro-Brexit Protestor clashes with the Police claing he was assaulted by the officer outside The Houses of Parliament after attempting to gain entry through a construction side door on April 13, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Ollie Millington/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: A Yellow Vest Pro-Brexit Protestor seen wearing a Donald Trump mask during a rally at Trafalgar Square on April 13, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Ollie Millington/Getty Images)
A protester seen speaking on a megaphone during the demonstration. Protesters gathered at Parliament Square and marched to different places including Downing Street, Westminster Bridge, Trafalgar Square blocking the streets and confronting the police. Protesters demand from the government and politicians to leave the European Union without a deal and deliver what was promised. (Photo by Andres Pantoja / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
A protester is seen holding a placard during the demonstration. Protesters gathered at Parliament Square and marched to different places including Downing Street, Westminster Bridge, Trafalgar Square blocking the streets and confronting the police. Protesters demand from the government and politicians to leave the European Union without a deal and deliver what was promised. (Photo by Andres Pantoja / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
A protester seen covering herself with a Union Jack flag during the demonstration. Protesters gathered at Parliament Square and marched to different places including Downing Street, Westminster Bridge, Trafalgar Square blocking the streets and confronting the police. Protesters demand from the government and politicians to leave the European Union without a deal and deliver what was promised. (Photo by Andres Pantoja / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Protester seen holding placards during the demonstration. Protesters gathered at Parliament Square and marched to different places including Downing Street, Westminster Bridge, Trafalgar Square blocking the streets and confronting the police. Protesters demand from the government and politicians to leave the European Union without a deal and deliver what was promised. (Photo by Andres Pantoja / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
A protester seen burning the EU flag during the demonstration. Protesters gathered at Parliament Square and marched to different places including Downing Street, Westminster Bridge, Trafalgar Square blocking the streets and confronting the police. Protesters demand from the government and politicians to leave the European Union without a deal and deliver what was promised. (Photo by Andres Pantoja / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Protesters seen marching on Westminster Bridge during the demonstration. Protesters gathered at Parliament Square and marched to different places including Downing Street, Westminster Bridge, Trafalgar Square blocking the streets and confronting the police. Protesters demand from the government and politicians to leave the European Union without a deal and deliver what was promised. (Photo by Andres Pantoja / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
A masked protester seen confronting an officer outside Parliament security fence during the demonstration. Protesters gathered at Parliament Square and marched to different places including Downing Street, Westminster Bridge, Trafalgar Square blocking the streets and confronting the police. Protesters demand from the government and politicians to leave the European Union without a deal and deliver what was promised. (Photo by Andres Pantoja / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
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A protester seen holding a placard during the demonstration. Protesters gathered at Parliament Square and marched to different places including Downing Street, Westminster Bridge, Trafalgar Square blocking the streets and confronting the police. Protesters demand from the government and politicians to leave the European Union without a deal and deliver what was promised. (Photo by Andres Pantoja / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Protesters seen clashing with police during the demonstration. Protesters gathered at Parliament Square and marched to different places including Downing Street, Westminster Bridge, Trafalgar Square blocking the streets and confronting the police. Protesters demand from the government and politicians to leave the European Union without a deal and deliver what was promised. (Photo by Andres Pantoja / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Police seen standing in front of protesters during the protest. Protesters gathered at Parliament Square and marched to different places including Downing Street, Westminster Bridge, Trafalgar Square blocking the streets and confronting the police. Protesters demand from the government and politicians to leave the European Union without a deal and deliver what was promised. (Photo by Andres Pantoja / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 13: Pro Brexit Yellow Vests protesters march in central London.PHOTOGRAPH BY Matthew Chattle / Barcroft Images (Photo credit should read Matthew Chattle / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 13: Pro Brexit Yellow Vests protesters march in central London.PHOTOGRAPH BY Matthew Chattle / Barcroft Images (Photo credit should read Matthew Chattle / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 13: Pro Brexit Yellow Vests protesters march in central London.PHOTOGRAPH BY Matthew Chattle / Barcroft Images (Photo credit should read Matthew Chattle / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: A Yellow Vest Pro-Brexit Protestor group splintered from a larger protest group protesting outside of Downing Street on April 13, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Ollie Millington/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 13: Pro Brexit Yellow Vests protesters march in central London.PHOTOGRAPH BY Matthew Chattle / Barcroft Images (Photo credit should read Matthew Chattle / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
A protester is seen holding an Union jack flag during the demonstration. Protesters gathered at Parliament Square and marched to different places including Downing Street, Westminster Bridge, Trafalgar Square blocking the streets and confronting the police. Protesters demand from the government and politicians to leave the European Union without a deal and deliver what was promised. (Photo by Andres Pantoja / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: A Yellow Vest Pro-Brexit Protestor seen with a EU flag modified with a Swastika during a rally at Trafalgar Square on April 13, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Ollie Millington/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: A Yellow Vest Pro-Brexit Protestor group splintered from a larger protest group clash with the police and supporters of The Kurdistan Workers' Party, the PPK, outside of Downing Street in Westminster on April 13, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Ollie Millington/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: A Yellow Vest Pro-Brexit Protester group clash with the Police outside The Houses of Parliament on April 13, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Ollie Millington/Getty Images)
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When asked if he defended his views over a comparison he previously made between the ERG and the Nazi Party and South African racists, the prominent Labour MP replied: "I would say that that wasn't strong enough. In 1938 there were allies who hatched a plan for Hitler to annex part of Czechoslovakia, and Churchill said no, and he stood alone."

"We must not appease. We're in a situation now, and let me just be clear, I'm an ethnic minority."

Former Labour Justice Secretary Lord Falconer told Nick Ferrari that Labour MP David Lammy was "completely wrong" to compare hardline Tory Brexiteers to Nazis.

Jacob Rees-Mogg hit back at Mr Lammy, saying that he felt sorry for the Tottenham MP and that, "comparing a Parliamentary ginger group with an organisation and creed that killed six million Jewish people makes him look foolish and his comments unbalanced. It damages his reputation."


When it was put to Mr Lammy that he was saying Mr Rees-Mogg and former foreign secretary Boris Johnson are equivalent to Nazis, Mr Lammy said: "Ask Boris Johnson why he's hanging out with Steve Bannon."

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