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General election: Farage slammed over claiming the West provoked Ukraine invasion


Nigel Farage claims West ‘provoked’ Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

Home Secretary James Cleverly has slammed Nigel Farage after he claimed western governments had “provoked” Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

Appearing on a special election BBC Panorama show, Mr Farage was asked by Nick Robinson if he still believed the Russian advancement was a result of EU and NATO expansion.

The Reform UK leader, a former member of the European Parliament, said: “I stood up in the European Parliament in 2014 and I said, and I quote, ‘there will be a war in Ukraine’.

“Why did I say that? It was obvious to me that the ever-eastward expansion of Nato and the European Union was giving this man a reason to his Russian people to say ‘they’re coming for us again’ and to go to war.”

In response, Mr Cleverly posted a clip of the interview on X, writing: “Just Farage echoing Putin’s vile justification for the brutal invasion of Ukraine.”

Mr Farage also told Mr Robinson that Brexit was not a failure, but that the Tory party had failed to deliver on immigration. He also said “it makes sense” for patients to pay their GP and claim the money back afterwards.

Mr Farage’s appearance on the BBC came after the latest polling analysis by Savanta and Electoral Calculus predicted his party would win no seats in 4 July.

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Johnny Mercer urged to apologise

Away from tonight’s Panorama with Nigel Farage, Johnny Mercer has been urged to apologise for accusing his Labourgeneral election rival of lying about his military service and withdraw the “deeply disrespectful” remarks.

The veterans minister, who is standing for re-election in Plymouth, Moor View, has been widely condemned for suggesting former Royal Marine Fred Thomas lied about leading men into combat to boost his political career.

Mr Thomas has said he is unable to discuss large parts of his military service and cited a certificate of valediction signed by a Special Forces Support Group commanding officer.

Alex Ross21 June 2024 20:47

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Home Secretary slams Farage over Ukraine war claim

During his interview with Nick Robinson, Nigel Farage claimed the West provoked the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

He said: “It was obvious to me that the ever-eastward expansion of Nato and the European Union was giving this man a reason to his Russian people to say ‘they’re coming for us again’ and to go to war.”

The comments have been met by outrage by Home Secretary James Cleverly.

Writing on X, he said: “Just Farage echoing Putin’s vile justification for the brutal invasion of Ukraine.”

Alex Ross21 June 2024 20:10

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Main points from Farage interview

Mr Farage made the following points during the half-hour interview from Nick Robinson:

  • Repeated his accusation that Rishi Sunak “doesn’t understand our culture”
  • Claimed western governments “provoked” Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine in 2022
  • “It makes sense” for patients to pay their GP and claim the money back afterwards
  • Said Brexit was not a failure, but the Tories had failed to deliver promise in immigration
  • Blamed vetting company for not doing its job on checking candidates
  • Described himself as a “fighter” and “warrior”
The Reform UK leader making his points during the 30-minute interview with Nick Robinson
The Reform UK leader making his points during the 30-minute interview with Nick Robinson (PA Media)

Alex Ross21 June 2024 20:07

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‘“I’m a fighter, I’m a warrior’ – Farage

“I’m a fighter, I’m a warrior, I’m a campaigner. I stand up against big institutions when they behave badly, whether they’re banks or out of touch bureaucracies based in Brussels, and very often, I win,” says Nigel Farage as he’s asked if he is the man to restor trust in British politics.

Nick Robinson then curtains the show. He next interviews Green Party co-leader Adrian Ramsay.

Alex Ross21 June 2024 19:31

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Vetting company didn’t do the job – Farage

Nick Robinson now asks Nigel Farage about some of the Reform UK candidates.

He starts by saying how a candidate that claims Africans have a low IQ rally to his cause.

“We’ve also had an awful lot of candidates being stitched up in the most extraordinary way with quotes being taken out of context,” Mr Farage replies.

He adds that a “big vetting company” didn’t do its job on checking candidates.

Alex Ross21 June 2024 19:29

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‘No, no, no, no, no’ – Farage

Farage denies he said climate change was a hype.

He says the country spends “too much time hyperventilating’ over climate change, but says he is not arguing with the science.

He adds: Right, listen, we’ve deindustrialized.

“Our steelworks close, where do they go? India. The same steel gets produced in India under lower environmental standards and then shipped back to us. Globally by closing those steel plants, the amount of CO2 put into the air has gone up. All we’ve done is to export the emissions.”

‘All we’ve done is to export the emissions’ - Farage
‘All we’ve done is to export the emissions’ – Farage (PA Media)

Alex Ross21 June 2024 19:26

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‘I still don’t know where the money is coming from’ – Robinson

Nigel Farage now being scrutinising over the figures in Reform UK’s manifesto.

Nick Robinson says they are “nonsense”.

Mr Farage says: “I’ll tell you what is nonsense, real nonsense, the Labour and Conservative net zero policies.”

He adds the the UK can save £30bn a year by abolishing the net zero commitment for 2050.

Alex Ross21 June 2024 19:24

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Who can come into this country?

Nick Robinson asks who is allowed to come into the country under Reform UK’s policy for net zero immigration.

“L et’s go through, paramedics, midwives, pharmacists, carers for the elderly, they can all come in,” he asks.

Mr Farage responds: “Of course they can come in.”

He goes on to talk about students coming in, claiming they have brought with them 125,000 dependants.

Alex Ross21 June 2024 19:19

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If you put me in charge it’d be very, very different – Farage

Nick Robinson and Nigel Farage talk over Brexit, and its impact on immigration and the economy.

Mr Robinson says his cab driver to the show told him: “You tell Nigel, I voted leave and I regret it, because people like me are no better off.”

“I’m afraid that is what the Conservatives have done with it,” Mr Farage responds.

He adds: “If you put me in charge it’d be very, very different, but of course they didn’t do that did they.”

‘If you put me in charge it’d be very, very different’ - Farage
‘If you put me in charge it’d be very, very different’ – Farage (PA)

Alex Ross21 June 2024 19:16

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‘On your tombstone is would say ‘the man who brought us Brexit’ – Robinson

Nick Robinson turns the conversation to Brexit, asking Mr Farage if it was a failure.

Mr Farage responds: “No, it’s not a failure, but we failed to deliver. It can’t be a failure, we’ve left the European Union, we’re now self-governing; the question is then, what do you do with it.”

Alex Ross21 June 2024 19:13



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