Wednesday 21 March 2018

Farage: 'Scared' Remain is exploiting MP death

UKIP leader Nigel Farage speaks to the media. Photo: Philip Toscano/PA Wire
UKIP leader Nigel Farage speaks to the media. Photo: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

Dean Gray

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has accused British Prime Minister David Cameron of exploiting the death of Labour MP Jo Cox for political advantage.

He said that the Remain side was "scared witless" about the referendum and was trying to "conflate" her killer's motives with those of the Leave campaign.

The outburst came as polls show Remain taking the lead again after a surge for Brexit last week.

Mr Cameron himself branded Mr Farage's poster showing refugees in a negative light as "irresponsible".

Also yesterday, Conservative peer Baroness Warsi defected from Leave to Remain. She was immediately subjected to Islamophobic abuse from Brexit supporters for changing sides.

Mr Farage's intervention came just hours before MPs paid tribute to the slain MP in the House of Commons.

He said on BBC radio: "I think there are Remain camp supporters out there who are using this to try to give the impression that this isolated horrific incident is somehow linked to arguments that have been made by myself or Michael Gove or anybody else in this campaign, and frankly that is wrong.

"What we are seeing here is the Prime Minister and the Remain campaign trying to conflate the actions of one crazed individual with the motives of half of Britain who think we should get back control of our borders and do it sensibly," he added. "We have a Prime Minister and a Chancellor and other big political leaders in Britain who are scared witless.

"They know it's neck and neck... and there is no level of denigration or false association that they will not stoop to, but I think people are intelligent enough to see through this sort of thing," he added.

Meanwhile, Baroness Warsi, who is defecting from Leave to Remain, said the Leave campaign had been too xenophobic for her tastes. She cited "hate and xenophobia" as the reasons for changing her position.

A poll by the 'Daily Telegraph' in London showed a six-point swing, putting the Remain voters at 53pc and Leave voters at 46pc.

The previous week, the poll had Brexit supporters at 49pc and Remain voters at 48pc.

David Cameron's election strategist, Lynton Crosby, warned that the referendum would "come down to the wire" following the surge of support among those certain to back Remain in the final days of the campaign.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has warned that leaving the European Union (EU) would be a "massive mistake" for the UK, as party leaders in Scotland stepped up the campaign against Brexit.

With just days to go until the referendum, the First Minister, the Scottish Conservative leader and the Scottish Labour leader all urged voters north of the border to support staying in Europe. Votes in Scotland, where polls show a majority support the Remain campaign, could be crucial in determining the outcome of Thursday's ballot.

The SNP leader told BBC Radio Scotland's 'Good Morning Scotland' programme she had examined "all of the arguments and all of the evidence on both sides" of the campaign.

Meahwhile, former 'Top Gear' stars Jeremy Clarkson and James May joined forces to back a Remain vote at the EU referendum yesterday.

The presenters, who are best known for their motoring rivalry, argued in a video that a Brexit at the 23 June vote would have a detrimental impact on their new Amazon Prime show, 'The Grand Tour'.

"It annoys me actually, I'll be honest, because I want to Remain in Europe but that means agreeing with him," Clarkson joked.

May added: "Yeah, this is very uncharacteristic. We've had to put aside the normal policy of our TV show and our relationship and agree on something apart from 'the Ford Mondeo is a good car'."

Irish Independent

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