Lib Dem peer compares Theresa May to HITLER as he brands flagship Brexit laws as similar to those handing total power to the Nazis in 1930’s Germany
- Lord Roberts said the EU (Withdrawal) Bill was like the 1933 ‘Enabling Bill’
- The German legislation completed Hitler’s rise to dictatorship ahead of WWII
- The Brexit bill allows ministers to make technical re-writes for a smooth Brexit
- Incendiary claim came as peers inflicted another heavy defeat on ministers
A Liberal Democrat peer compared Theresa May to Hitler today as he said her flagship Brexit laws echoed those giving Adolf Hiter total power.
Lord Roberts of Llandudno admitted his incendiary claim reflected fears that ‘may not exist’.
But he pressed on anyway to claim Brexit was the same as 1930’s Germany’s slide into ‘terrible war’.
Brexit Minister Steve Baker told MailOnline the language was ‘disgraceful and irresponsible’.
Liberal Democrat peer Lord Roberts (pictured today in the Lords) compared Theresa May to Hitler today as he said her flagship Brexit laws echoed those giving Adolf Hiter total power
The claim came during a House of Lords debate on the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill which seeks to copy EU law into British law to ensure a smooth Brexit.
Ministers will gain powers to tweak laws to ensure they still work properly after Brexit.
The Nazi ‘Enabling Bill’ handed Hitler absolute power following his election, six years ahead of the outbreak of World War Two.
In today’s debate – which saw ministers consigned to another thumping defeat – Lord Roberts told peers: ‘My mind went back to Berlin in March 1933, when the Enabling Bill was passed in the Reichstag.
‘That Enabling Bill transferred democratic rights of the parliament into the hands of one man, that was the Chancellor. His name was Adolf Hitler.
‘Perhaps I’m seeing threats that do not exist, but they are there, they are possible. Who’d have said before the 1930s that Germany, this cultured country, would involve itself in such a terrible war.’
Mr Baker told MailOnline: ‘This disgraceful, irresponsible rhetoric does Lord Roberts no favours.
‘This legislation is an essential mechanism for delivering a smooth and orderly Brexit and ensuring our legal order functions.
‘The over the top nonsense spouted by its opponents demonstrates how moribund their arguments are.’
Mrs May’s (pictured today in Sale) European Union (Withdrawal) Bill seeks to copy EU law into British law to ensure a smooth Brexit
Peers (pictured during tonight’s debate) smashed the Government 335 to 244 tonight in a vote on a wrecking amendment branded an attempt to overturn Brexit
Peers smashed the Government 335 to 244 tonight in a vote on a wrecking amendment branded an attempt to overturn Brexit.
The major amendment to the flagship Brexit laws going through Parliament radically strengthens the so-called ‘meaningful vote’ on the final deal.
Tabled by Viscount Hailsham – better known as the former MP Douglas Hogg, infamous for expense claims to clean his moat – it will remove the right of ministers to quit Brexit talks without a deal and hand the decision to Parliament.
MPs will be ordered to delete the amendment in the coming weeks but Brexiteers will fear a rebellion by Tory MPs could be enough to protect it when it returns to the Commons.
Theresa May has branded the plan a bid to ‘overturn’ the 2016 referendum result and if it is agreed by peers, MPs will be ordered to delete it.
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