The deputy chairman of the European Research Group has said that “naughty names” will not stop the ERG after Labour MP David Lammy defended comparing the group to the Nazi party.
Mark Francois told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer that Mr Lammy had “made himself look an utter fool”.
The Conservative MP said that the ERG had been called “all sorts of names” in recent months.
He added: “What sin have we committed? We want to leave the European Union. It is what 17.4 million voted for and we get called Nazis in return.”
Mr Francois called for Mr Lammy to apologise, but said that the ERG would continue to “fight” to deliver Brexit.
“As far as we are concerned, we are going to keep fighting whether people call us naughty names or not,” he said.
The MP for Rayleigh and Wickford described the upcoming European elections as a “farce”.
He said: “It is true that if we elect MEPs in May they will have exactly the same powers as other members of the European Parliament.
“The farce though is that if we leave on October 31 – and I don’t think there is any public appetite to delay this further – then we would spend £100 million at a time when school budgets are tight.
“We would waste £100 million to elect 73 MEPs to serve for five months.”