Paul Nuttall: Waterboarding a ‘price worth paying’ to prevent terror attacks
Ukip leader Paul Nuttall has said waterboarding suspected terrorists would be a "price worth paying" to "save lives".
The MEP echoed comments made by President Donald Trump, who earlier this week said he backs the highly controversial method to "fight fire with fire”, adding that it “works”.
The practice - which simulates drowning - is banned in Britain and Theresa May has repeatedly stressed her opposition to it following Mr Trump's remarks, as she prepares to meet him in Washington.
Mr Nuttall, who is standing as his party’s candidate in the Stoke Central by-election, told Sky News that he would “probably be OK” with using the method in a bid to foil terror plots in Britain.
He said: "I think sometimes you have to fight fire with fire, and I think these people are incarcerated because they are bad people OK? And they want to do us harm.”
"If waterboarding ensures that we save a number of lives in this country or in America because someone admits to something that is going to happen in terms of a terrorist attack, well through gritted teeth I'd probably be OK with it.
"If someone admits that a terrorist attack is going to happen and saves the lives of innocent individuals then I think maybe it's a price worth paying… if a British government was elected and said it was required to ensure it saved innocent people's lives then sometimes you have to go that extra mile."
Accepting intelligence from countries which may have been gained through its use is also illegal in the UK, a policy which the Prime Minister insisted would not change.
Speaking to reporters on board an RAF jet to Philadelphia yesterday, she said: “We condemn torture and my views on that won’t change whether I’m talking to you or talking to the president of the United States of America.
“Our guidance is very clear about the position the UK takes and our position has not changed. We have a very clear view in the United Kingdom that we condemn the use of torture and that has not changed and will not change.”
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has also condemned the practice, while Brexit Secretary David Davis added that the Government does not “condone torture or inhumane treatment of any form”, when quizzed in the Commons earlier in the week.