UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing backlash for Tory alliance with neo-Nazi and anti-Muslim parties across European Nations after a Conservative peer disclosed the PM is not doing anything about it after being advised to do something.
According to the Independent UK, The extraordinary pact sees the party’s MPs sitting alongside the ‘heirs of Mussolini’ in Italy and an Estonian party which celebrates its wartime alliance with Adolf Hitler with other far-right groups in the Council of Europe.
Lord Balfe said his moves to get Mr Johnson to act accordingly have not been heeded as he was informed it was going on a long way away and no one understands it. Rather, the peer was booted out of the European Conservatives Group for protesting to No 10 after the group “invited in” the far-right so-called Democratic Alliance.
Speaking to The Independent, Lord Balfe said, “It’s appalling! This group contains virtually every video nasty in the book and we should not be mixed up with them.” However, former Conservative cabinet ministers and anti-fascist campaigners are calling on Mr Johnson to address this issue so he can sever his links with the extremist groups.
A former health secretary and current chairman of the European Movement, Stephen Dorrell, said, “that the prime minister should think this is acceptable is a sad reflection of modern Tory politics. To be making common cause with people whose values earlier generations of Conservatives took up arms against to resist.”
The former deputy prime minister and the current chairperson of the Conservative Group for Europe, David Lidington, said, “odd alliances” were sometimes formed in the Council of Europe while adding that “having said that, I am deeply uncomfortable about the Conservative Party being associated with some of the political parties in this group.”
The size of the 85-strong European Conservatives Group and Democratic Alliance (EC-DA) means it is in line for plum roles such as a rapporteur to troublespots, or to chair key committees.
Downing Street is yet to react to this allegation on the Prime Minister according to a report.