Nigel Farage has hit back amid claims Britain may have to pay a big fine for flouting pollution laws
After Britain was given a ‘final warning’ by the European Commission for failing to address harmful levels of toxic air in some areas, the former Ukip leader has said the blame should be laid at Merkel’s door.
He suggested pollutants were being blown towards Britain from continental Europe and as a result the Government should refuse to pay the huge fine, which he claims could be as high as £300million.
Funny isn’t it, we get a south-easterly wind and all the pollution from Germany comes to British cities and were told it’s our fault
Speaking on his LBC show, Farage said: “This has been rumbling on since 2010, and to be fair it is not just the UK that they are threatening.
“But we are facing the possibility of a £300million fine because the air quality in our cities isn’t good enough.
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“Funny isn’t it, we get a south-easterly wind and all the pollution from Germany comes to British cities and were told it’s our fault.
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“I suggest we leave quickly and we don’t pay the £300million fine.”
Germany, France, Italy and Spain also received the EU warning, and along with Britain the countries could face the huge financial penalty if they cannot show action has been taken to reduce nitrogen dioxide pollution within the next two months.
Diesel fumes are a major source of nitrogen dioxide pollution
Air pollution in Britain has repeatedly exceeded EU limits in 16 main areas, including London, Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow.
Diesel engines are a major source of nitrogen dioxide pollution, as well as some types of energy production.
The Brexiteer has moved away from politics since stepping down as Ukip leader
A Government spokesperson said Britain has spent more than £2billion to improve the country’s air quality since 2011.
The spokesperson added: "In addition, in the Autumn Statement, we announced a further £290million to support electric vehicles, low emission buses and taxis, and alternative fuels.
“We will update our air quality plans in the spring to further improve the nation’s air quality.”