Nigel Farage's fury at Piers Morgan racism allegations exposed: 'I'm sick of this!’

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Piers Morgan and Nigel Farage discussed Brexit, Ukip and the accusations of xenophobia and racism that were directed at the prominent Brexiter. A key factor in the row were comments made in 2014 by the former Ukip leader in which he said he would feel “concerned” if a group of Romanian men moved next to him. But Mr Farage tried to deny the wording of the remarks. Mr Morgan said: “But when you attach a label to them like Romanian, what you are doing is demonising a country, and the people who come from there.”

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Mr Farage responded furiously: “But this is the old trick, I was asked a question, I gave an answer, I just shouldn’t have answered it.”

Mr Morgan continued to probe the prominent Brexiteer: “But do you understand when that plays out, people look at you and think ‘maybe there is a bit of truth to this, maybe he has a bit of racism to it’. Because it sounds racist.”

Mr Farage insisted: “It’s not racist.”

The presenter persevered on the subject of racism. He commented: “When you say things like that it plays into the narrative, at the time, that UKIP has a whiff of racism about it.”

Nigel Farage's fury at Piers Morgan racism allegations exposed: 'I'm sick of this!’

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Nigel Farage's fury at Piers Morgan racism allegations exposed: 'I'm sick of this!’

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But Mr Farage continued to deny the claims, saying: “When you look at the sheer hundreds of hours of interviews and speeches I’ve done you really struggle to find anything you can put in that category.”

In 2014, amid the media backlash against Mr Farage as a result of the comments, the then Ukip leader expressed “regret” over the comments.

He also said at the time: “The vast majority of Romanians who have come to the UK wish to better their lives and would make good neighbours.”

Mr Morgan then turned to examples of extreme comments from Mr Farage’s former colleagues in Ukip, warning that this “plays into the narrative”.

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Nigel Farage's fury at Piers Morgan racism allegations exposed: 'I'm sick of this!’

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As Mr Morgan reeled off instances of party members who had made prejudicial remarks, Mr Farage attempted to divert attention to remarks made by figures in other political parties.

Mr Farage said: “I don’t need to sit in front of you or anybody else and have to defend people I have never met over whom I have no authority and I think frankly, thank god Brexit happened because this is what they try to do in this country to stop Brexit happening.”

When Mr Morgan pressed on with his questioning, asking whether the comments were wrong, Mr Farage simply replied “he’s irrelevant”.

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Nigel Farage's fury at Piers Morgan racism allegations exposed: 'I'm sick of this!’

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Nigel Farage's fury at Piers Morgan racism allegations exposed: 'I'm sick of this!’

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He added: “I couldn’t care less, don’t bother to ask me, it’s gone. I lived through years of this bulls*** from you people and I want no more of it.”

The host replied: “I’m surprised by your, I would argue, irrational response. All you had to do was say in all these cases these people behaved despicably, and I distance myself completely from them.”

But Mr Farage insisted it was a rational response, saying: “It’s because of these irrelevant people being demonised by a liberal media I’ve had to live years of being frightened out into the street all of because the media picked out these people and because of these people they tried to demonise me and give me a bad name.

“And you’re surprised three years on I have to live like a virtual prisoner and I’m not happy about it?”


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