‘Immigration is a vote winner!’ says a QT audience member, implying Farage could defeat the Conservatives.
Following the ongoing migrant crisis, a QUESTION TIME audience member suggested that ex-Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage could take on the Conservatives.
Fiona Bruce was joined in Cardiff by ex-Justice Secretary Robert Buckland MP, Labour Senedd Member Eluned Morgan, Plaid Cymru MP Liz Saville Roberts, ex-GB News host Guto Harri, and writer and broadcaster Timandra Harkness on last night’s episode of Question Time.
One audience member claimed that Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party is worried about losing out to former UKIP leader Nigel Farage during a discussion about the government’s handling of the Channel crossing crisis.
“I think we just need to simplify it,” she said.
“Brexit demonstrated that immigration is a vote-getter.
“And I don’t think the Conservative government will take it seriously.”
She went on to say that providing safe routes is the “most ethical” option. “They are too afraid that, as David Blunkett said today, if they get the rhetoric wrong, Nigel Farage will be our next Prime Minister,” the audience member continued.
Mr. Farage’s remarks come just days after he hinted at a possible political comeback.
“Nigel Farage is considering a political comeback,” the Telegraph’s chief political correspondent Christopher Hope wrote on Twitter.
When the Brexit Party romped to victory five years later, Mr Farage, who led UKIP to a historic victory in the 2014 EU Elections, was joined by an even larger group of Eurosceptic MEPs.
Ann Widdecombe, a former Tory MP, was one of the most prominent candidates for the Brexit Party.
“My gut instinct is not to do so, but I will have to give it some serious thought,” the ex-Brexit Party leader said of a possible return to frontline politics.
According to Home Office statistics, approximately 25,700 migrants have arrived in the United Kingdom this year.
On Wednesday, around 27 migrants died while attempting to cross the English Channel.
Despite the criticism, the government has already committed to providing France with €62.7 million (£54 million) between 2021 and 2022 to help increase police patrols along the coast, improve aerial surveillance, and improve security infrastructure at ports.
“Our offer is to increase our support, but also to work together with our partners on the beaches involved, on the launching grounds for these boats,” the Prime Minister said.
“I’m hoping that, in light of what’s happened, that will be acceptable now.”