Paul Nuttall predicts SNP-style bounce for Ukip if Remain wins EU vote

Posted On: 
9th February 2016

Ukip’s deputy leader Paul Nuttall has brushed off the idea that his party’s popularity will wane after the EU referendum. 

Paul Nuttall

Mr Nuttall said Ukip stands to benefit as the voice of euroscepticism if Britain votes to leave the European Union, or it could experience a similar bounce to the SNP after the Scottish independence referendum if there is a Remain vote.

"One of two things is going to happen in this referendum,"
he told The Parliament Magazine.

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"Either we are going to win and then Ukip should get the plaudits. And if we get the plaudits, then we will go up in the polls.

"If we lose it, heaven forbid if we lose it and it is tight, then we could end up in a situation where you've got a large percentage of the people in Britain who are very angry indeed and then you could see Ukip benefiting from the so-called SNP effect."

Ukip donor Arron Banks is among those to have predicted British politics “will be realigned after the referendum” – and warned Nigel Farage’s party could lose out.

He told The Times: “Ukip delivered a victory for the Conservative party which is a reason in itself for Ukip to be disbanded. Because you look at seats like Ed Balls’s — the Ukip vote there syphoned the Labour vote away for the Conservatives — and for seats all across the country.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Mr Nuttall predicted that David Cameron would not call the referendum to be in June, as is widely expected if he concludes his renegotiation at this month’s European Council.

"I personally don't think that there will be a June referendum,” the MEP said.  

“I think the timescale is too short and equally, I think it will be insane for the Prime Minister to call a referendum on our membership of the EU when we will be in the middle of the biggest migration crisis that Europe has ever faced. I am a betting man and I will put my money on March 2017."