May 3, 2014
Ukip is to up the stakes in its controversial anti-immigration campaign for the European elections as the Tories insist only they can give voters a say on Britain’s future in the EU.
Ukip leader Nigel Farage will dismiss criticism by some Labour MPs that its key messages are ‘racist’ – unveiling another provocative poster focusing on migration from the EU.
Featuring an escalator running up the White Cliffs of Dover, it claims the EU’s free movement rules means Britain has ‘no border’ and ‘no control’ over incomers.
‘This is in my view the most powerful image of the entire European election campaign. It is designed to bring home to the British public just what membership of the EU means as regards controlling our own borders,’ the Ukip leader said.
‘The White Cliffs of Dover have always been seen as symbolic of Britain’s island status. That status should give us added ability to pick and choose the people who come to live and work in our country. But under EU free movement laws we have no serious control whatever.
‘No doubt the political establishment will react again in mock outrage and throw a new round of slurs and smears at UKIP and at me.
‘We’ve been called every name under the sun in recent weeks. But we will not be silenced, and we know that millions of decent British people are on our side and are grateful that we are speaking out.’
Paul Sykes, a millionaire Yorkshire businessman is funding a £1.5 million publicity campaign for Ukip in the European elections, said: ‘This poster goes to the heart of the European debate.
‘Over the past 20 years or more, politicians – Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat – have conspired to hide the truth about EU immigration from the British public.
‘They have taken down our borders and handed over control of who who enters the UK to the Eurocrats in Brussels.’