Nigel Farage has strayed from the facts repeatedly. Click the InFact for the lowdown on the dirtiest dozen.
Farage Fiction: “We are paying over £50 million a day in a membership fee” to the EU.
InFact: Britain’s real net contribution is £17 million a day. What’s more, if we left the EU, the economy would be damaged. So we wouldn’t even save our net contribution. We’d have less money to spend, not more.
Farage Fiction: The EU’s trade negotiations with the United States could undermine the National Health Service, leading it to be “privatised by the back door.”
InFact: The EU trade commission and her US counterpart have both denied this, and Boris Johnson has stated that the EU-US trade deal “will certainly not mean the privatisation of the NHS.”
Farage Fiction: Women could be at risk of Cologne-style mass sex attacks if Britain stays in the EU.
InFact: Migrants with criminal records will not get citizenship in Germany, so could not come to the UK.
Farage Fiction: EU rules allow “the free movement of terrorists, of criminal gangs and of Kalashnikovs.”
InFact: The UK retains the right to deny entry to foreigners who pose a security risk.
Farage Fiction: If Britain leaves the EU single market, it will have the bargaining power to cut new trade deals superior to those of Norway, Switzerland and Iceland, because “the EU needs us more than we need them.”
InFact: Britain would be more desperate for a deal than the EU would be. Our exports to the EU represent 13% of our GDP. The rest of the EU’s exports to Britain represent just 3% of its GDP.
Farage Fiction: “What we are seeing is an increasingly authoritarian European Union that crushes democratic rights and then actually crows about it.”
InFact: The EU has flaws but it isn’t anti-democratic.
This piece was updated shortly after publication to add a passage saying if we left the EU, we’d have less money to spend not more.
Edited by Sebastian Mallaby