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Britain's most senior cabinet member campaigning for the UK to remain in the EU ahead of Thursday's public referendum on the issue has compared analysts questioning the financial ramifications of leaving the EU to Nazi scientists who questioned Albert Einstein's theories in the 1930s.
British Justice Secretary Michael Gove was quoted by the Telegraph as saying in a radio interview that people should not take the word of economic organizations warning against a British exit from the EU at face value.
“I think the key thing here is to interrogate the assumptions that are made and to ask if these arguments are good,” Gove reportedly told LBC Radio.
“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.’”
Gove said that, contrary to experts who say leaving the EU would be harmful to the UK economy, "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 strength our economy."
British Prime Minister David Cameron made a dramatic last-minute appeal to voters on Tuesday to back staying in the European Union two days before a referendum that will shape the future of the West, as polls indicated the outcome was too close to call.
Britons vote on Thursday on whether to quit the 28-nation bloc amid warnings from world leaders, investors and companies that a decision to leave would diminish the former imperial power's influence, unleash turmoil on markets and send shock waves around the Western world.
In a rare televised address outside his Downing Street office, Cameron repeated his message that leaving the EU would jeopardize Britain's economy and its national security, with fewer jobs, fewer allies and higher prices.
Gove, a close political ally of Cameron who disagrees with him on the Brexit issue, said that he would "reflect" on his own position in the government depending on the outcome of the referendum.
Reuters contributed to this report.