Nigel Farage's anti-EU poster is compared to Nazi propaganda

Written by Sebastian Whale on 16 June 2016 in Diary

The Ukip leader unveiled the new banner in central London today.

Figures from across the political spectrum have condemned as "disgusting" a Ukip poster that depicts hundreds of refugees in order to make a point about EU migration.

Nigel Farage unveiled the new banner this morning saying the bloc is at "breaking point" from a mass of influx of asylum seekers fleeing conflict in the Middle East.

He argued the "EU has failed us all" through its common asylum policy and said "within a few years all of these people will have EU passports".

"We are much less safe as part of this European Union," he told BBC News.

As a host of politicians expressed their disgust, some Twitter users pointed out that the new poster even resembled Nazi propaganda.

They included playwright Bonnie Greer, who tweeted an image of the poster alongside a quote from the Nazi propaganda chief Hermann Goring.






Former shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper attacked Farage for “exploiting the misery of the Syrian refugee crisis in the most dishonest and immoral way”. 

“Europe didn't cause the Syrian refugee crisis and pulling out of the EU won't stop people fleeing conflict and persecution by ISIS and the Assad regime,” she said in a statement released by pro-EU group Britain Stronger in Europe.

“All countries have a moral responsibility to help whether they are in the EU or not and the only way to deal with it is for countries to work together."

Conservative MP Neil Carmichael accused Ukip of "jumping on the refugee crisis to further their own political aims".

“Distasteful propaganda like this can only make our immigration challenges worse, not better, and damage community cohesion in Britain.”

The SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon described the poster as “disgusting” while one of her MPs, Pete Wishart, said that a “vote for leave is pretty much become a vote for petty xenophobia and anti immigrant rhetoric”.

Tom Brake, Liberal Democrat MP, said: "It’s a shame that instead of engaging on the issues, Farage and his cronies have resorted to small minded fear tactics and xenophobia.” 

And Green MP Caroline Lucas said: “Using the innocent victims of a human tragedy for political propaganda is utterly disgusting. Farage is engaging in the politics of the gutter."

The Syrian conflict has led to the largest refugee crisis since the Second World War, with many citizens making the perilous journey across the Mediterranean to the continent.

Ukip said its vans showed a real picture of migrants entering Slovenia, a country that joined the EU in 2004 and had failed to control its border.


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