Mr Batten made the comments after Boris Johnson invoked Hitler to criticise the EU
The Nazis drew up the “basic plan” for the European Union decades before it was actually established, a Ukip MEP has claimed.
Gerard Batten on Monday stepped up to defend Boris Johnson, who on Sunday attracted criticism for likening the EU’s aims to those of Adolf Hitler.
Mr Batten however suggested Mr Johnson had actually underplayed the connections between the EU and the Nazis, and that the bloc had “closer links” with the fascists than many realized.
The eurosceptic MEP added that the first president of the European Commission had been “a member of several nominally Nazi professional organizations” and served in Adolf Hitler’s army.
“This report was written by various bankers and academics and laid out a plan for how Germany would manage the economies of the conquered countries of Europe after a German victory. The report was drawn up under the leadership of Professor Walter Funk, the Reich’s Economics Minister and President of the Reichsbank.
“The report contained sections on Agriculture, Industry, Employment, Transport, Trade, Economic Agreements, and Currency. It proposed the ‘harmonisation’ of European currencies and a harmonised currency system.
Concluding, he said:
Labour MP Chuka Umunna told the Independent the Leave camp was deploying “crackpot conspiracy theories” in lieu of explaining what Britain’s role in the world would be outside the EU.
“Instead of making outrageous claims about the past, it’s time they clarified exactly what our future outside the EU would look like.
Former mayor of London Mr Johnson had told the Sunday Telegraph newspaper that the EU was an attempt to recreate the Roman Empire’s united Europe.
“The EU is an attempt to do this by different methods.”
Mr Johnson’s comparison with Nazi Germany attracted criticism, coming just weeks after Ken Livingstone was suspended from the Labour party for bringing Adolf Hitler into a discussion about Zionism and antisemitism.
The Chancellor George Osborne today also accused the Leave camp of indulging in conspiracy theories.
“It's not a conspiracy, it's called a consensus,” he said in a speech at Stansted Airport. “Britain will be worse off if we leave the EU.”