Farage warns his EU counterparts 2017 will deliver even bigger shocks than 2016 because their voters want ‘a harder line on immigration than Donald Trump’s’
- Former Ukip chief cited survey that found 55% of voters in 10 EU states support an end to migration from mainly Muslim countries
- Blamed Angela Merkel’s open borders policy for causing anti-migrant sentiment
- ‘Your voters have a harder line position on this than Trump’ Farage tells MEPs
Voters across Europe want a harder line approach than Donald Trump, Nigel Farage has told his EU counterparts in Brussels.
The former Ukip chief cited a survey by respected think tank Chatham House that found more than half of voters in 10 EU states supported an end to migration from mainly Muslim countries, with just one in five disagreeing.
This was more extreme than President Trump‘s travel ban on anyone travelling from seven majority countries, Mr Farage told the European Parliament.
He said the rise in anti-immigrant sentiment had been caused by the EU’s failure to deal with the refugee crisis and German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to open her country’s borders to more than a million migrants in a year.
And he warned them that 2017 would deliver an even bigger shock for the EU than 2016, which not only saw Brexit but also the election of an anti-EU US President.
Voters across Europe want a harder line approach than Donald Trump, Nigel Farage, pictured, has told his EU counterparts in Brussels
Far-right leaders in France, Holland and Germany are expected to increase their support in major elections this year.
The Chatham House survey of more than 10,000 people 10 EU member states found 55 per cent wanted all further migration from mainly Muslim countries to be stopped.
A quarter gave no opinion, while 20 per cent wanted Muslim migration to continue.
Mr Farage told MEPs: ‘The people want less Europe. We see this again and again when people have referendums and they reject aspects of EU membership.
‘But something more fundamental is going on out there.
Yes, you can say they’re lying and I’ve no doubt many of you here when you hear what I’m about to say will probably despise your own voters because just last week, Chatham House, the reputable group, published a massive survey from 10 European member states, and only 20 per cent of people want immigration from Muslim countries to continue.’
He added: ‘Just 20 per cent want us to keep on allowing people from Muslim countries, which means your voters have a harder line position on this than Donald Trump, or myself, or frankly any party sitting in this Parliament and that is where we’re going.
‘I simply cannot believe that you are blind to the fact that even Mrs Merkel has now made a U-turn and wants to send people back. Even Mr. Schulz thinks it is a good idea.
‘The fact is, the European Union has no future at all in its current form. And I suspect you are in for as big a shock in 2017 as you were in 2016.’
Nigel Farage, pictured standing up, cited a survey by respected think tank Chatham House that found more than half of voters in 10 EU states supported an end to migration from mainly Muslim countries, with just one in five disagreeing
Earlier this week Brexiteers slapped down the European parliament’s chief negotiator after he claimed Winston Churchill would have backed staying in the EU.
Guy Verhofstadt quoted from the ‘British Bulldog’ as he insisted the wartime leader wanted the UK to play a ‘decisive part’ in the bloc.
The comments came during a bad-tempered debate on the future of the EU in the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
They drew a furious response from UK MEPs including Nigel Farage – who accused Europhile counterparts of behaving like a ‘religious sect’.
Mr Verhofstadt, who leads the liberal ALDE group in the parliament and will play a key role in the looming Brexit talks, admitted that the EU was ‘in crisis’.
But he said the answer was a ‘Europe that delivers’ rather than breaking up the union.
Mr Verhofstadt deployed a line from Churchill’s famous speech at the University of Zurich where he mooted a United States of Europe.
Guy Verhofstadt quoted from ‘British Bulldog’ Churchill as he insisted the wartime leader wanted the UK to play a ‘decisive part’ in the bloc
Mr Verhofstadt, who leads the liberal ALDE group in the parliament and will play a key role in the looming Brexit talks, admitted that the EU was ‘in crisis’
In May 1947, in the Albert Hall in London Churchill, the British Bulldog, made it very clear what he wanted,’ he said.
‘And I quote: ‘I present the idea of a United Europe in which our country will play a decisive part… as a member of the European family.’
‘Yes, the Tories were openly pro-European at that time.’
Mr Verhofstadt went on: ‘The Eurosceptics in this house can twist and turn the words from the British Bulldog all they want.
‘It is a fact that they have professionally squandered Winston Churchill’s legacy.’
But Mr Farage shot back: ‘I feel like I’m attending a meeting of a religious sect here this morning.
‘It’s as if the global revolution of 2016; Brexit, Trump, the Italian rejection of the referendum, has completely bypassed you.
‘Mr Verhofstadt this morning said that people want more Europe – they don’t.’
Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage accused Europhiles of behaving like a ‘religious sect’
Ashley Fox, leader of the Conservatives in the European Parliament, said: ‘Britain did not vote to leave because there is not enough Europe.
‘Whatever the question is, the answer is always the same; more Europe. So he calls for the Commission to be the EU government and for parliament to have the power to levy taxes on EU citizens.
‘Instead of listening to people this report is telling them that Brussels knows best.’