Nigel Farage accused of being 'in the gutter' over Ukip refugee poster

Posted On: 
16th June 2016

Nigel Farage was today accused of "engaging in the politics of the gutter" by using a picture of refugees fleeing the war in Syria to boost the case for Brexit.

Nigel Farage unveils Ukip's controversial poster in London
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The Ukip leader unveiled the campaign poster under the slogan 'Breaking Point - The EU has failed us all' at an event in London.

Mr Farage said: "Every one of these can get to Calais. We know how bad our government is at defending our borders, and within a few years all of these people will have EU passports. We are much less safe as part of this European Union."

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It later emerged that the picture used in the poster is of refugees being escorted by police to a camp in Slovenia last October.

MPs from all parties joined forces to condemn Mr Farage and his party.

Yvette Cooper, chair of Labour's refugee task force, said: "Just when you thought Leave campaigners couldn't stoop any lower, they are now exploiting  the misery of the Syrian refugee crisis in the most dishonest and immoral way. 

"Europe didn't cause the Syrian refugee crisis and pulling out of the EU won't stop people fleeing conflict and persecution by Isis and the Assad regime."

Green MP Caroline Lucas said: "Using the innocent victims of a human tragedy for political propaganda is utterly disgusting. Farage is engaging in the politics of the gutter."

And Tory MP Neil Carmichael said: "Distasteful propaganda like this can only make our immigration challenges worse, not better, and damage community cohesion in Britain.”

The row comes just a day after Leave.EU - the Brexit campaign group backed by Mr Farage - was attacked for a tweet depicting Angela Merkel as Hitler.