Nigel Farage has launched a blistering attack on the European Convention on Human Rights, which Britain is still a party to, as the major obstacle to Brexit being “complete” leaving the United Kingdom “genuinely in charge” of its borders.
The Brexit legend’s comments were posted in a video on Twitter, in which he ran over incidents this week highlighting Britain’s “impotence” in controlling its own borders that call for a major re-think of the Human Rights Act, which binds Britain to the European convention.
Focusing his attention on the ongoing debacle at Napier Barracks where asylum seekers put up in the former army accommodation have caused chaos, culminating in a recent arson incident, Farage expressed disbelief at today’s court appearance (see below) of five migrants protesting at the conditions.
Farage said: “Unbelievably, today, there are six people in court, six people who entered the United Kingdom illegally, by boat, have gone to court this morning, and their argument is Napier Barracks must not house asylum seekers because the conditions aren’t good enough and aren’t up to scratch for the European Convention on Human Rights.
“I mean it almost beggars belief that that is going on in court, today.
“And can you bet your life, the next time we get a spell of calm weather, the dinghies will start crossing the Channel again and not a single person will be turned around and sent back.”
But the issue is much bigger than rubber dinghies floating over from Calais, argues Farage. The former UKIP leader says he’s been receiving tip-offs from staff working on cross-Channel ferries who’ve seen “van loads of people…10, 12 at a time” coming to Britain without permission. Some come from EU countries like Romania, but not all.
The two issues of mass unauthorised immigration and the EU convention bring into question whether real Brexit has even happened. “The Prime Minister says we’ve taken back control of our borders, well only up to a point,” Farage added.
Following on from news this week that an Albanian drug lord who has been deported from Britain three times, is back behind bars in the UK for seven years, Farage worries the convention does not protect “good people”, but the exact opposite.
“We have got to have a debate about the European human rights regime, and do you know something, this country doesn’t need any lessons from Strasbourg or elsewhere about liberty and about freedom,” Farage asserted.
“We have put together the best and the fairest judicial system in the world, but because of the world of human rights, it seems to me, the rights of bad people often are now superior to the rights of good people.”
The stories of Napier Barracks among others show “our total level of impotence”, he went on to say.
“We need to leave the EU convention of human rights and then Brexit will become complete, and then we will actually, genuinely be in charge of our borders.”