Tuesday 16 October 2018

'Why should my family have to suffer?' Nigel Farage branded 'a shameless hypocrite' as he keeps his EU pension

Nigel Farage has been accused of hypocrisy after declaring he will take a taxpayer-funded EU pension.

It is estimated the former Ukip leader will get an annual pension of €82,000 when he reaches 63.

Aked on BBC One's Andrew Marr Show if he would accept it, Mr Farage (53) said: "Of course I would. I have said that right from day one. Why should my family and others suffer even more?"

Liberal Democrat Tom Brake said: "Nigel Farage is a shameless hypocrite. He rails against the so-called EU gravy train, but is happy to cash in when it suits him."

Responding to accusations of hypocrisy, Mr Farage said: "It is not hypocrisy.

"I've just voted to get rid of my job. I was the turkey that voted for Christmas. How is that hypocrisy? If it was hypocrisy, I'd have said we should have stayed in the EU."

Later in the BBC programme, Farage defended Donald Trump for retweeting Britain First last week by saying the US president "wouldn't have a clue" who the far-right group were.

Irish Independent

Business Newsletter

Read the leading stories from the world of Business.

Also in Business