Farage warns EU that 2017 will bring bigger shock waves
Created on: 16th February 2017
Nigel Farage warns European Parliament that they're in for a bigger shock in 2017. He was referring to the fact that most Europeans have become fed up with the EU immigration policy. Farage made his feelings clear in the following transcript to the European Parliament:
"I feel like I am attending a meeting of a religious sect here this morning. It’s as if the global revolution of 2016, Brexit, Trump, the Italian rejection of the referendum, has completely bypassed you.
You can’t face up to the fact that this bandwagon is going to roll across Europe in these elections in 2017. A lot of citizens now recognize this form of centralized government simply doesn’t work. … At the heart of it is a fundamental point: Mr Verhofstadt this morning said, the people want more Europe.
They don’t. The people want less Europe. We see this again and again when people have referendums and they reject aspects of EU membership. But something more fundamental is going on out there. …. No doubt, many of you here will probably despise your own voters for what I am about to say because just last week, Chatham House, the reputable group, published a massive survey from 10 European states, and only 20% of people want immigration from Muslim countries to continue. Just 20%. … Which means your voters have a harder line position on this than Donald Trump, or myself, or frankly any party sitting in this Parliament. I simply cannot believe you are blind to the fact that even Mrs. Merkel has now made a u-turn and wants to send people back. Even Mr. Schulz thinks it is a good idea.
And the fact is, the European Union has no future at all in its current form. And I suspect you are in for as big a shock in 2017 as you were in 2016."
Mr Farage was referring to a shock survey by pollsters at Chatham House which revealed that, across 10 major EU states, 55 per cent of voters thought Muslim migration should be stopped. In contrast just 20 per cent disagreed with the idea of a Trump-style ban, underscoring the huge anger across the continent sparked by the shambolic handling of the migration crisis.
The poll sparked consternation in capitals across Europe, which are desperately scrambling to prevent a fresh influx of asylum seekers from entering the continent this summer.
During his speech the former UKIP leader said that EU politicians are in denial over the rise of populism and “can’t face up to the fact that this bandwagon is going to roll across Europe in 2017".
After the scandal surrounding candidate Francois Fillon, France may actually be the next country to come out of the EU under the leadership of Marine Le Pen if she wins the next election.
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