Boris Johnson invoked the infamous ‘Godwin’s Law‘ yesterday while arguing that Britain should leave the European Union.
In an interview with the Sunday Telegraph the former mayor of London compared the EU to the Nazi party claiming they both dreamed of a unified Europe.
His comment’s help prove Godwin’s Law, that the longer an argument goes on the higher chance there is as someone comparing something to the Nazis.
The de facto leader of the pro-Brexit campaign claimed that European history has been dominated for the last 2,000 years by attempts to unify the continent to recreate the ‘golden age of peace and prosperity under the Romans’, the BBC reports.
Napoleon, Hitler, various people tried this out, and it ends tragically. 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.
Unsurprisingly Johnson’s been criticised for his ill-judged remarks. Yvette Cooper, a Labour MP from the Remain campaign, came out and accused the ex-London Mayor of having ‘shameful lack of judgement’.
He should not try to play political games with the darkest and most serious chapter of Europe’s history. The EU has played a critical role keeping peace in Europe ever since.
However Boris isn’t without his supporters, Nigel Farage, the leader of UKIP has backed Boris to become the next PM if the prime minister resigned following the EU referendum saying he was a ‘Boris fan’.
Farage even went so far as to say that he could foresee a day where he worked with Johnson in government.
The referendum on whether the UK will stay in the European Union will take place on 23 June, with both sides stepping up their rhetoric in the build up to the vote.
Current polls show that both the Remain and Leave campaigns are even at roughly 50-50 each.