Nigel Farage says UK cannot solve migrant crisis unless it leaves the ECHR

More than 8,000 migrants crossed the Channel to the UK in August – the highest monthly total on record.

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Nigel Farage has said the UK cannot solve the ongoing migrant crisis unless it leaves the ECHR.

Taking questions from a live studio audience for Farage at Large in Worcester, Nigel spoke to Peter who asked: "The Government appears powerless to stem this armada of boats, what would you do if you had the power?’"

Nigel responded : “Frankly the whole thing is becoming a national humiliation. It was bad enough before, now it’s thousands of Albanians.

“Albania is a NATO member, it’s an EU applicant member, it’s been at peace for a quarter of a century and it advertises in the Sunday newspapers!

“There are tens of thousands of Brits there on holiday!”

Citing Tony Abbott as an inspiration, Nigel shared how he would approach the migrant crisis, adding: “We’ll be told we’ve broken international law, we’ll be told there’s a threat of a trade war, we’ll be told all of those things.

“But it’s absolutely clear, unless we get rid of ECHR, unless we redefine what the UN from 1951 calls a refugee, which basically means anyone that’s poor. Unless we redefine these things, we will never solve this problem.”

He continued: “We’re going to have to take very radical action. If the French scream and if the EU scream, what the hell?”

More than 8,000 migrants crossed the Channel to the UK in August – the highest monthly total on record.

Some 8,644 made the crossing on 189 boats in the 31-day period, with journeys taking place on 21 of those days, according to PA news agency analysis of government figures.

It is the highest monthly total since current records began in 2018.

Nigel took questions from a live studio audience in Worcester during Farage at Large.
Nigel took questions from a live studio audience in Worcester during Farage at Large.

Previously, it was 6,971, recorded in November 2021.

It comes as the Government removed 27 foreign criminals and five immigration offenders on a charter flight to Albania.

Meanwhile, the National Crime Agency said it is running about 60 investigations into suspects using small boats to smuggle thousands of people into the UK.

August 22 saw the highest daily total on record, with 1,295 people crossing in 27 boats.

More than 25,000 people have made the crossing in 2022 so far, according to official Home Office figures and provisional data collected by the Ministry of Defence.