UKIP defends “racist”, anti-EU workers’ posters

The anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP) has defended its controversial posters claiming millions of European workers are after UK jobs.

The party leader Nigel Farage said the posters were "a hard-hitting reflection of reality".

One of the posters shows a labourer begging for money, accompanied by the text "EU policy at work – British workers are hit hard by unlimited cheap labour".

Another poster states that "26 million people in Europe are looking for work – and whose job are they after?"

The posters being used by UKIP for its campaign for the EU elections have been slammed by opponents as “racist”, fear-mongering and inaccurate.

Mr Farage who has a German wife, said he employed her as a secretary since "nobody else" could do the job, with its long hours.

The European Parliament elections will be held on 22nd May 2014 and UKIP is expected to perform better than it did in 2009.

UKIP wants the UK to leave the EU. It is also calling for rougher immigration rules.

Mr Farage said: "We want to have, post-EU, a sensible, open immigration policy that says we welcome people, but we have got to control the quantity and the quality of who comes to Britain.
"And at the moment we have turned our backs on talent from India and New Zealand because of an open door to Romania and Bulgaria. And that doesn't make any sense."

Mr Farage told the BBC he wanted a policy allowing "30,000 to 50,000 people a year" in to the UK instead, so that those with the most useful skills could benefit the economy.

UKIP’s £1.5m anti-EU poster campaign is funded by former Tory donor Paul Sykes who told the Daily Telegraph it was "an essential public awareness campaign" on the effects of Brussels.

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