01 March 2016
Nigel Farage has argued in favour of leaving the European Union, citing immigration as one of the most influential factors in this decision. Farage also claimed that the upcoming in-out referendum could be viewed as an overall victory for UKIP.
Mr Farage was speaking at UKIP’s conference in North Wales when he talked about the referendum on 23rd June and how this could result in an “independence day” for the UK. He has long argued against mass immigration to the UK.
Farage said that he felt UKIP would do well in June’s Welsh assembly elections. The elections will also take place in Northern Ireland, Scotland and London on 5th May. The UKIP leader said that he was confident in how his party would perform overall. Mr Farage challenged Home Secretary Theresa May to debate immigration live on television prior to the vote.
The UKIP leader also went on to cast doubt on recent immigration figures, saying: "I believe that the true figures actually would shock us.” He said that the number of people coming in to the country is vastly greater than had been reported.
Speaking about the effect of immigration on British society, Farage said: “It is not good for our quality of life, it is not good for social cohesion in our society, and our population inexorably headed towards 70m or 75m will not make this a better, richer or happier place to be.” Farage argued that being members of the EU left the UK little power to do anything, and also discussed how the potential for Bosnia and Turkey to join the EU could have further implications for the UK and immigration. He noted: "If we remain members of the EU it is a perfectly reasonable, sane thing to say that our migration crisis will get worse."
Farage also cited recent incidents of terrorism in Europe, such as Paris and Cologne, as being another reason to consider leaving the EU - due to the fact that the UK could be increasingly vulnerable. He said: “Surely one of the first duties of the British government should be to do everything within their power to protect our people from the horrors that we saw in Paris and the indignities that we saw in Cologne.”
The UKIP leader stated that in order to prevent such incidents, the UK needed to take back control of its borders, which he argued could only be achieved by leaving the EU. However, G20 ministers and finance representatives from the world’s leading economies have said that if the UK leaves the EU, this will have negative repercussions on the global economy.
However, Farage stated: "I'm not surprised that big government gets together to support David Cameron.” Farage felt that this was an indication of big governments looking out for each other, and that this would not be a way to win over voters.
Garth Coates Solicitors