Nigel Farage gave a speech at the EU parliament in Strasbourg this morning
The former Ukip leader accused EU politicians of ignoring people on concerns about Muslim migration after a shock poll showed most European voters want it to stop.
In a fiery speech to the European Parliament in Strasbourg he pointed out that most EU citizens have a “harder line” on immigration than himself or even Donald Trump.
And he blasted: “I have no doubt that many of you here when you hear what I have to say will despise your own voters.”
Mr Farage was referring to a shock survey by pollsters at Chatham House which revealed that, across 10 major EU states, 55 per cent of voters thought Muslim migration should be stopped.
MEPs were debating a report put forward by Guy Verhofstadt
The parliament heard that the EU is facing an unprecedented crisis
In contrast just 20 per cent disagreed with the idea of a Trump-style ban, underscoring the huge anger across the continent sparked by the shambolic handling of the migration crisis.
The poll sparked consternation in capitals across Europe, which are desperately scrambling to prevent a fresh influx of asylum seekers from entering the continent this summer.
As he was heckled by MEPs in Strasbourg today Mr Farage made a reference to a now infamous episode in which a Labour politician held a sign behind his back reading “he’s lying to you” and described the EU parliament as “like a religious sect”.
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He said: “Yes you can say they’re lying and I have no doubt that many of you here when you hear what I have to say will despise your own voters.
“Only 20 per cent of people want immigration from Muslim countries to continue. Which means your voters have a harder line position on this than Donald Trump or myself or frankly any party sitting in this parliament.
“I simply cannot believe that you are blind to the fact that even Mrs Merkel has made a U-turn and now wants to send people back.”
During his speech the former Ukip leader said that EU politicians are in denial over the rise of populism and “can’t face up to the fact that this bandwagon is going to roll across Europe in 2017”.
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He accused it of overseeing “the miseries inflicted on a country like Greece by the Euro, the unemployment caused by bad regulation or the feeling that none of us are safe in our cities because of the disastrous common asylum policy”.
And he added: “The people want less Europe and we see this again and again when people have referendums and they reject aspects of EU membership.
“The EU has no future at all in its current form and I suspect you’re in for as big a shock in 2017 as you were in 2016.”
MEPs convened in Strasbourg this morning to discuss two landmark reports, one compiled by the EU’s Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt, over how to save the Brussels project at a time of unprecedented turmoil.