Nigel Farage says Conservatives heading for ‘1997 style wipeout’ unless they sort out Channel crossings

Farage reacted to Liz Truss' appointment as new leader of the Conservative Party and future Prime Minister.

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Nigel Farage has said the Conservative Party are "drinking in the last chance saloon" unless they address the record number of English Channel crossings.

Opening his show, Nigel reacted to Liz Truss' appointment as new leader of the Conservative Party and future Prime Minister.

He put forward three major issues currently facing Britain that he believes need to be fixed in order for the party to remain in power.

“For twelve years, the Conservatives have been in power. Tomorrow, we will get the fourth Conservative prime minister in four years, you really couldn’t make it up." he said.

“Some of us who want the Conservative Party to actually be conservative and succeed are really pretty angry.

Nigel Farage says the Conservatives are heading for a ‘1997 style wipeout’ unless they fix the Channel crossings.
Nigel Farage says the Conservatives are heading for a ‘1997 style wipeout’ unless they fix the Channel crossings.

Reacting to Liz Truss’ speech earlier today, Nigel said: “Wow, can you imagine that? A Conservative prime minister that will govern as a conservative. Knock me down with a feather.”

“I know over the past few weeks and months I’ve been a bit sceptical about Liz Truss, sceptical because it seems to me she changes her mind on the big topics again and again.

“But, it is in the national interest that she succeeds. I am going to give her a fair wind for the next few weeks and months.

“I would say three things to Liz Truss.

“Unless she sorts out the English Channel crisis and a British Bill of Rights will not do that. She’s going to need to grasp the nettle of ECHR. Complete Brexit, give us a proper Brexit."

More than 1,000 migrants have crossed the Channel to the UK in a single day for the second time in a fortnight.

The latest crossings mean the total number for 2022 to date could soon exceed the tally for the whole of last year.

Ministry of Defence (MoD) figures show 1,160 people were detected on Sunday in 25 boats, suggesting an average of around 46 people per boat.

This is the second time this year the daily total has topped 1,000, after August 22 saw a record 1,295 people intercepted in 27 boats.

Some 2,341 people have made the journey in September so far in three days. It comes after August had the highest monthly total on record for crossings, with 8,644 people making the journey on 189 boats.

Liz Truss speaks after being announced as Britain's next Prime Minister at The Queen Elizabeth II Centre in London, Britain September 5, 2022. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Liz Truss speaks after being announced as Britain's next Prime Minister at The Queen Elizabeth II Centre in London, Britain September 5, 2022. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

Nigel continued that the second issue Liz Truss needs to address is energy, saying: “If energy bills are still affordable in winter, people will use more of it.

“Supply. If she says ‘I will make this country energy independent by the next general election’.

“The third thing, there’s a group of people out there, they have been completely ignored by governments of all colours for the last quarter of a century and more.

“They are the men and women that run our small businesses, the men and women that act as sole traders.

“The only way that we can get out of this debt trap that we’re in, and goodness me doesn’t the level of sterling on the international exchanges tell you just how bad our debt is?

“The only way to get out of this is through growth."

Nigel finished by saying that if these three issues were not resolved by Truss, he believes “the Conservatives are drinking in the last chance saloon.

"They’re double digits behind in the polls already. They are headed in my opinion, for a 1997 style wipeout at the next election unless Liz Truss can do those three things and much more too.”