Nigel Farage at a Leave Means Leave rally at Central Hall in London in 2019
Nigel Farage at a Leave Means Leave rally at Central Hall in London in 2019
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Nigel Farage was back to his routine of sowing anti-immigrant sentiment on Tuesday, after he posted a video to Twitter condemning “the EU Human Rights Act”.

Farage spoke with his usual “get tough on borders” Trumpian attitude – discussing people on boats coming across the Channel and “van loads” of people entering the country.

First of all, unfortunately for the Brexiteer, the “EU Human Rights Act” does not exist.

“Maybe if you attended EU Parliament sessions you’d know there is no ‘EU Human Rights Act’ but that’s just me,” one person wrote on Twitter.

(The UK Human Rights Act incorporated the principles of the European Convention on Human Rights into British law more than 20 years ago.)

David Lammy, a Labour MP, also responded to the video calling Farage a ‘liar’: “The Human Rights Act is British,” he said. “It enshrines the values we hold dear – like dignity, fairness, equality, tolerance and respect. Everything your politics of hate stands against,” he added. 

Others called Farage’s diatribe ‘dangerously stupid’ and ‘a grift’.

So, Farage either doesn’t know what he’s talking about, or is knowingly inventing ways to provoke xenophobic sentiment. Many on social media seemed to think it was the latter:

“Nigel Farage’s latest grift is apparently to rile up hatred against an Act which doesn’t exist,” one person wrote.

“I see Farage has been reduced to calling for nonexistent EU Acts to be scrapped, for clicks,” another person said. 

As Farage clings to relevancy, some jokingly called for Farage himself to be ‘scrapped’.

Dr Benjamin Janaway also had a suggestion for him: “Ban Unicorns, Santa and the medical evidence for homeopathy whilst you are at it.”

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