WATCH: Jeremy Corbyn describes EU as 'massive, great Frankenstein'

PUBLISHED: 10:47 05 February 2019 | UPDATED: 11:44 05 February 2019

Jeremy Corbyn speaking at a rally during the 2009 Irish referendum campaign on the Lisbon Treaty

Jeremy Corbyn speaking at a rally during the 2009 Irish referendum campaign on the Lisbon Treaty

Red Roar

A video has emerged of Jeremy Corbyn describing the EU as a "massive, great Frankenstein" and attacking the idea of second referendums.

The video, obtained by the centrist Labour website Red Roar, shows Corbyn speaking to a rally of No voters during the Irish referendum on the Lisbon Treaty in 2009.

In it he blasts the EU, saying he did “not want to live in a European empire of the 21st century” and, in a blow to those wanting him to back a second Brexit referendum, describes such votes as “keep[ing] on voting until they get the answer they want”.

And he uses the opportunity to denounce NATO, calling it a “military Frankenstein”.

Among other things, Corbyn appears not to know that Frankenstein was the creator and not the monster.

The speech was filmed during what was Ireland’s second vote on Lisbon, it having been rejected by 53.4% to 46.6% in the first referendum the previous year.

The second referendum saw Yes win by 67.1% to 32.9%, a swing of 20.5% from the previous vote.

The meeting was organised by the left-wing Irish Anti-War Movement (IAWM) which has links to the British Socialist Workers Party.

Corbyn told the rally: “If you succeed in getting a No vote here, that will be such a boost to people like us, all over Europe, that do not want to live in a European empire of the 21st century.”

Later he says, on the fact it is a second vote: “Now I’m pleased you’re having a referendum, I wish we were having a referendum in Britain.”

“I obviously hope and believe that the Irish people will vote no in October, but don’t scrap your posters, don’t recycle them because you’re gonna need them for a third referendum.

“Because I’ve just got a feeling they’re going to keep on voting until they get the answer they want.

“I remember that day, just like Thomas, when the last Irish referendum result came through, in the British Parliament ministers started saying ‘we’re going to have to look again at this’.

“Huh? Hang on, what business of the British Parliament is it how the Irish people decide to vote, you know?”

On NATO, he said: “Under the terms of the Lisbon Treaty, Europe will become subservient of the wishes of NATO and the aims of NATO.

“We are creating for ourselves one massive, great Frankenstein which will damage us all in the long run.

“What is does is create this military machine, this military Frankenstein which will be so damaging to all of us.”

The video is likely to provide ammunition to those within Labour who believe Corbyn is determined to block a second Brexit referendum.

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