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Farage’s catalogue of errors

by Rachel Franklin | 07.06.2016

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One of Nigel Farage’s favourite pastimes is to call foul play. He recently claimed that he was being excluded from the referendum debate by Vote Leave, the main Brexit campaign. Well, in the interests of inclusion, InFacts is following up on its dossiers on Boris Johnson and Michael Gove with a Blusterometer assessment of Farage’s statements.

Economy

“We are paying over £50 million a day in a membership fee” to the EU

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If Britain leaves the EU single market, it will have the bargaining power to cut new deals superior to those of Norway, Switzerland and Iceland

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Britain would be better off outside the single market

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EU set to tax e-cigarettes at same levels as tobacco. All vapers must vote to Leave EU!”

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A vote for Remain would signal the “end of the steel industry in this country”

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Health

“A large part of President Obama’s desire for the UK to remain in the EU is so the NHS can be privatised by the back door.

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“Tuberculosis is costing the National Health Service a great deal of money, and much of that is coming from southern and eastern Europe.”

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“We have the problem of health tourism

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Migration

Proposed visa deal with Turkey “will only encourage more economic migrants” to Europe

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If Britain stays in the EU, “we’ll be part of a Europe that wants Turkey to be a member within five years”

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Turks will use visa-free travel to Schengen to get “family reunion” rights in Germany, then come to UK

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UK can have access to the single market without free movement of people

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The government is “pulling the wool over our eyes” on immigration. “I don’t believe these official figures and I’m sure the real numbers are much higher.”

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National Insurance registrations are “a simple and clear reflection of the real numbers”

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“We have 22 per cent of young people unemployed yet with open borders we are doing our own people out of jobs.”

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“Studies show that the impact of EU migration has made hard lives harder”

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Security

EU border rules have led to “the free movement of terrorists, of criminal gangs and of Kalashnikovs“

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Women could be at risk of mass sex attacks carried out by gangs of migrant men if Britain stays in the EU

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“Convicted Latvian murderer is suspect in disappearance of Alice Gross. EU rules mean we can’t stop people like this entering the country.”

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Brexit would not affect Irish border

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Leaving the EU will stop innocent Britons from being locked up abroad under the European Arrest Warrant

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Sovereignty

“In Brussels, they are hell-bent on building a European army, navy and air force”

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Voters were tricked in 1975 and “were not getting – and have never got” what they were led to believe

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75% of Britain’s laws are made by Brussels

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“What we are seeing is an increasingly authoritarian European Union that crushes democratic rights and then actually crows about it”

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History

Boris Johnson may not have been “clever” to name Hitler but he was not “wrong”

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Edited by Sebastian Mallaby

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One Response to “Farage’s catalogue of errors”

  • An excellent well presented balanced assessment of the facts, not fiction. Disappointing that you elected to use Farage bashing as the vehicle for presenting the facts. Mythbusting is fine, Farage bashing dilutes the argument.