BRITONS have reacted furiously to the shocking remarks made by Lord Greaves, who yesterday compared post-Brexit Britain to Nazi Germany.
By Luke Hawker
The Liberal Democrat peer has been the subject of a huge backlash after he claimed the UK could become “reminiscent” of 1930s Germany after Britain exits the European Union on January 31. Lord Greaves made the extreme comparison on Tuesday as the House of Lords started their line-by-line scrutiny of the Boris Johnson’s Withdrawal Agreement Bill. Hundreds of Britons vented their anger at the 77-year-old on the Express.co.uk Facebook page.
Whilst a fourth simply wrote: “Disgraceful.”
Lord Greaves has been condemned by Express.co.uk readers (Image: GETTY)
Lord Greaves made the comments on Tuesday in the House of Lords (Image: ParliamentTV )
In the House of Lords, the Liberal Democrat peer also claimed people were crying themselves to sleep at night and many more were “full of dismay and distress” over the break with Brussels.
Lord Greaves said: “In these circumstances, triumphalistic behaviour, festivals of Brexit and all the rest will simply make things worse.
“The people who are feeling it worst are those citizens of the EU who live, work and take part in our communities.
“I am particularly concerned about what the Government is doing about prevention of discrimination in the transition period.
Lord Greaves made the remarks as the House of Lords began to scrutinise the EU Withdrawal Agreement (Image: ParliamentTV )
“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.”
When pressed on his comments by Brexit-supporting Labour peer Lord Grocott, Lord Greaves claimed people had been “abused in the street” and had their “windows put in”, in the days after the 2016 EU referendum.
Lord Greaves said he was “very worried” of a repeat on February 1.
Lord Greaves’s comments were branded ‘disgraceful’ by one reader (Image: ParliamentTV )
He added: “Police statistics show that the amount of racially-motivated offences has increased significantly since June 2016. I am not making it up. It is happening.”
Home Office Minister Baroness Williams of Trafford, hit out at the remarks and said a comparison to Nazi Germany was a “step too far”.
Lord Greaves later refused to fully backtrack his remarks.