The outspoken Brexiteer recalled how on one occasion he was forced out of a pub by “aggressive” Remainers, adding it was not an isolated incident.
The number of hate crimes recorded by regional police forces rose by up to 100 per cent in the months following the Brexit vote, new figures show.
Dorset saw the greatest increase, with 104 offences logged between July and September 2016 equating to double the total from April to June. Across England and Wales, the rise was 27 per cent.
Community groups representing EU nationals in the UK have warned about the potential for an “undercurrent of xenophobia” to spread after Theresa May triggers Article 50 and begins the formal Brexit process.
Nigel Farage spoke about hate crimes directed from Remainers to Brexiteers
I was hustled out of there very quickly, so threatening and aggressive were people on the Remain side
David Isaac, the head of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, claimed he is “hugely concerned” about a backlash against European citizens living in the UK.
“The vast majority of people who voted to leave the European Union did so because they believed it was best for Britain and not because they are intolerant of others,” he said.
“It is clear, however, that a small minority of people used the Brexit vote to legitimise inexcusable racism and prejudice. We cannot allow such intolerable acts of hate to be condoned or repeated.
“The triggering of Article 50 is the next major milestone and we must do all we can to discourage hate attacks and to support people who feel at risk.”
However, Mr Farage railed against critics who have pinned the blame for the “extraordinary” rise in the reports of hate crime on the Leave campaign.
Speaking on LBC, he said: “On June 24, at lunch time I went to the Marquis of Granby and I had to be hustled out of there very, very quickly, so threatening and aggressive were people who’d been on the Remain side.
“I thought, perhaps, that it was a short-term thing, actually what I saw was the most extraordinary level of intolerance, aggression, abuse, threats and that’s just walking down the street.
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“Let alone the death threats and goodness knows what else what have happened online.”
He added: “I’m not alone, there are Tory MPs, Labour MPs…
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“Actually, all of these organisations who say they are about love and everything else seem to have a total hatred of those with a different opinion – so much so, they don’t believe we are entitled to have a view.
“They’ve even called us racist for daring to discuss controlling immigration."
The Home Office in a statement claimed Britain’s hate crime legislation was among the strongest in the world.
A spokesman said: “The Home Secretary has been crystal clear that crime motivated by hostility and prejudice towards any group in society has no place whatsoever in a Britain that works for everyone.”