EU Referendum Latest News: Michael Gove Apologises For 'Clumsy' Comparison Of Nazis And Economic Experts

He's admitted it was 'an 'inappropriate historical analogy'

22/06/2016 16:27 | Updated 22 June 2016

Michael Gove has apologised for comments comparing EU economic experts to Nazis. 

The justice secretary and co-chair of Vote Leave rowed back on his "clumsy" choice of words on Tuesday and admitted he had used an "inappropriate historical analogy".

Gove told ITV News today that he had not meant to offend anyone and that he "regretted" the misspeak.

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Michael Gove revealed on Wednesday that he 'regretted' the misspeak

He was criticised for the remarks made yesterday on LBC radio, when the cabinet minister said experts could not always be trusted, pointing to scientists employed by the Hitler regime denouncing Albert Einstein.

Gove said:

"I think the key thing here is to interrogate the assumptions that are made and to ask if these arguments are good.

"We have to be careful about historical comparisons, but Albert Einstein during the 1930s was denounced by the German authorities for being wrong and his theories were denounced, and one of the reasons of course he was denounced was because he was Jewish."

But the comments were seized on by his friend but opponent in the EU debate David Cameron, who accused Gove of having "lost the plot".

Former Labour leader Ed Miliband also said the ardent Brexit supporter should be "ashamed" of his comments, which he branded "vile and repulsive".

The International Monetary Fund, ten Nobel-prize winning economists and the Bank of England have all warned that leaving the EU could damage the economy.

It comes after Gove said "people in this country have had enough of experts" at a Sky News debate earlier this month.

He had been asked to name a single economist who backed Britain's potential exit from the EU.

The polls open on Thursday at 7am.


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