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The gloves are off: Boris Johnson compares EU to Hitler in latest Brexit twist

June’s referendum is still too close to call.

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, right, listened as then Mayor of London Boris Johnson spoke at a mayoral election campaign rally for Britain's Conservative party candidate for Mayor of London Zac Goldsmith earlier this month.
Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, right, listened as then Mayor of London Boris Johnson spoke at a mayoral election campaign rally for Britain's Conservative party candidate for Mayor of London Zac Goldsmith earlier this month.
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FORMER LONDON MAYOR Boris Johnson has claimed the European Union (EU) is behaving like Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler by trying to create a superstate.

Johnson is one of the leading figures campaigning for Britain to leave the EU ahead of the referendum on 23 June. His controversial comments come six weeks ahead of the vote, which opinion polls are suggesting is too close to call.

He told the Sunday Telegraph the last 2,000 years of European history had featured repeated efforts to bring the continent together under a single government, emulating the Roman empire.

“Napoleon, Hitler, various people tried this out, and it ends tragically. The EU is an attempt to do this by different methods,” Johnson said.

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.”

Johnson is a leading member of the ruling Conservative party of Prime Minister David Cameron, who is leading the campaign to keep Britain in the EU.

The ‘Leave’ campaign argues that a Britain outside the EU would be stronger, seeing institutions in Brussels as bloated and believing that the Houses of Parliament in London should have absolute sovereignty.

50:50

The ‘Remain’ and ‘Leave’ camps are currently tied at 50% each, according to the What UK Thinks website’s average of the last six opinion polls.

A separate poll for Sunday’s newspapers suggested that Johnson is more trusted than Cameron by the public to tell the truth about Europe.

While 45% said they trusted Johnson more than Cameron, only 21% said they trusted the prime minister more than his old rival Johnson, a ComRes poll for the Sunday Mirror and Independent found.

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