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Boris Johnson Invokes Hitler as Brexit Debate Temperature Rises

Sunday, 15 May 2016 07:44 AM

Boris Johnson capped a weekend of intensified campaigning on the Brexit debate with an interview invoking Napoleon Bonaparte and Adolf Hitler, saying that attempts to unify the region tend to end “tragically.”

“The truth is that the history of the last couple of thousand years has been broadly repeated attempts by various people or institutions -- in a Freudian way -- to rediscover the lost childhood of Europe, this golden age of peace and prosperity under the Romans, by trying to unify it,” the former London mayor told the Sunday Telegraph. “Napoleon, Hitler, various people tried this out, and it ends tragically.”

Johnson weighed in a week after criticizing Prime Minister David Cameron for a speech calling for Britain to remain in the European Union because of the need “to avoid future conflict between European countries.” Such comments demonstrate how the tone in the debate has soured in advance of the June 23 vote on EU membership, even as Johnson emphasizes that the organization is not the same as Nazi Germany.

“The EU is an attempt to do this by different methods,” he said. “But fundamentally what it 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.”

In the interview, which ranged in matters from what wartime leader Winston Churchill would do to a discussion of the euro’s effect on Italy, Johnson suggested that the referendum is another opportunity for the British to act against the grain of European history.

“This is a chance for the British people to be the heroes of Europe and to act as a voice of moderation and common sense, and to stop something getting in my view out of control,” he said. “It is time for someone – it’s almost always the British in European history – to say, ‘we think a different approach is called for’.”

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Boris Johnson capped a weekend of intensified campaigning on the Brexit debate with an interview invoking Napoleon Bonaparte and Adolf Hitler, saying that attempts to unify the region tend to end "tragically.""The truth is that the history of the last couple of thousand...
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