Shelagh Fogarty is Leading Britain's Conversation.
22 June 2016, 06:59
Gove Compares Pro-EU Experts To Nazis
Michael Gove tells LBC that the pro-EU experts are like the Nazis who told Albert Einstein he was wrong.
Michael Gove has told LBC the many economists who say Britain must stay in the EU are like the German experts who told Albert Einstein he was wrong.
Speaking to Iain Dale, the Justice Secretary suggested the pro-EU experts are in the pay of the government.
He told LBC: "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.
"They got 100 German scientists in the pay of the government to say that he was wrong and Einstein said: 'Look, if I was wrong, one would have been enough.''
"The truth is that if you look at the quality of the analysis, if you look at the facts on the ground, you can come to an appropriate conclusion.
"And the appropriate conclusion, I think, all of us can come to is that with growth rates so low in Europe, with so many unemployed and with the nature of the single currency so damaging, freeing ourselves from that project can only strengthen our economy."
It came as Iain put Mr Gove under a lot of pressure over his attacks on the experts who say Britain should stay in the European Union.
He made his comments after being challenged over why he is not heeding the advice of many economists who have warned that Brexit could have dire consequences and tip the economy into recession.
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.