Nigel Farage has slammed Rishi Sunak’s Conservative Party over Brexit amid the UK’s ongoing Channel crossing crisis. The ex-Brexit Party and UKIP leader joined fellow GB News host Dan Wootton to discuss the Government’s response to the dinghy debacle.
Mr Farage said: “The only reason the Conservatives are even talking about it is because the Red Wall are up in arms because they voted for Brexit believing they would get border controls.
“And, Dan, may I remind you, the week before the referendum in 2016, I stood before a poster, a breaking point poster, showing a snaking line of young men coming into Eastern Europe.
“I mean, I was condemned for it, you would have thought I was a 1930s fascist European leader for daring to say it.
“I believed that Brexit would protect us from idiotic EU policies and yet, it’s happening anyway.”
A record-breaking 45,756 people made the perilous 21-mile journey in 2022, up from 1,843 in 2019.
However, Mr Sunak vowed to fix the crisis during his pitch for Conservative Party leader last summer.
The Prime Minister reaffirmed his commitment to solving the issue during a recent speech on January 4.
He pledged to “set out a concrete plan to stop the boats and tackle the unfairness of illegal migration”.
Despite Mr Sunak’s comments, sources in the UK’s Border Force have suggested the number could exceed 80,000 in 2023.
Immigration was one of the main drivers in support for Brexit in 2016.
Research conducted by Tory peer Lord Ashcroft found nearly half of leave voters said the biggest single reason for wanting to quit the bloc was “the principle that decisions about the UK should be taken in the UK”.
But one third pointed out voting leave “offered the best chance for the UK to regain control over immigration and its borders”.
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Concerns about immigration also recently returned as a prominent political issue facing Brits.
Seven-in-10 Brits considered immigration and asylum as the most important issue facing the UK in 2015, according to YouGov.
The significance of the issue fell following the Brexit referendum, plummeting to just 14 percent in 2020.
However, it is now the most important issue for around one-third of Brits, reaching almost 50 percent with Conservative voters and Brexiteers.