Navy should aid refugees – Farage

Published: Monday 20th April 2015 by The News Editor

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The Royal Navy should be sent to the Mediterranean to help following the latest migrant boat tragedy, Nigel Farage has said.

The Ukip leader said Britain could also accept thousands of refugees from destabilised countries.

He added that Prime Minister David Cameron “has a very big challenge” on Thursday, when he visits Brussels, as “there is no crisis that’s not used in Brussels as a means to call for common policies and further extensions”.

Mr Farage said he felt sorry for the people who were fleeing countries as he renewed his attack on Mr Cameron for the “catastrophic” military action in Libya in 2011.

Speaking during a walkabout in Rochester, Mr Farage said: “We could help. We could send the Royal Navy down, but it’s a question of what’s the signal – is the signal ‘If they keep on coming we’ll keep on taking you’ or is the signal ‘We’re very sorry, we can’t take you’?”

Asked what he would do as PM, Mr Farage said: “I would say there is a horrible humanitarian crisis going on, we’ll send the Royal Navy – what’s left of it – to help, we will divert part of our £20 billion a year aid budget.”

Mr Farage said he viewed EU contributions as part of this budget, adding: “I would say I’ve never been against giving money to help people during humanitarian disasters.

“But I’ve also said since the time of Syria that I would have no problem with us accepting refugees from that part of the world, particularly Christians … But beyond that I’m not signing up to a common EU immigration policy.”

He added: “I think Mr Cameron on Thursday will be under massive pressure.”

Mr Farage said the UK could take “a few thousand” refugees, explaining: “We can’t solve the world’s problems, but we can do something that’s humanitarian and be consistent with our long history of doing these things.”

Published: Monday 20th April 2015 by The News Editor

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