Vote Leave campaign chairman, Michael Gove, has dismissed experts making predictions of economic chaos should the UK vote to leave the EU on Thursday (23 June) and branded them as being like Nazis who dismissed the theories of Einstein in the 1930s.
With the result still too close to call and both sides indulging in acrimonious mud-slinging, Gove also threatened to resign from David Cameron's cabinet over broken promises on immigration should the UK vote to remain during an interview with LBC Radio on Tuesday (21 June).
Asked by LBC radio why voters should disbelieve the view of the many economic experts who have made dire warnings about the economy in the event of Brexit, Gove said the important thing was to "interrogate the arguments" and ask if the arguments were good.
"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," said Gove, quoted in The Telegraph. "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'."
Gove went on to say that if the electorate did decide to stick with Europe, he might be forced to leave government because he didn't think Prime Minister David Cameron would be able to keep his promise to reduce net immigration below 100,000. Gove has previously stated that the immigration pledges had eroded trust in politicians. "Making promises and then saddling yourself with a political system and a political union that means that you cannot deliver those promises, I fear, doesn't contribute to an atmosphere of trust and confidence in politics." said Gove.
However Gove has himself been accused of misleading voters by claiming former England and Liverpool football star, John Barnes, was in favour of Brexit. Barnes was quick to point out he had never been in favour of leaving the EU and like fellow international David Beckham, he wished to remain. Gove has also been accused of exaggerating the hardships his father faced as a result of EU fisheries policies.