This is not a spoof: Nigel Farage wants to legalise discrimination

Last month Channel 4 broadcast Ukip: The First 100 Days, a spoof documentary imagining what a Britain with Nigel Farage as prime minister would look like.

Farage branded the fictional portrayal of job losses, riots and dawn raids on immigrant families in light of an exit from the EU as "liberal-left poppycock", and the programme attracted thousands of complaints.

But in a new Channel 4 programme, due to be shown next week, the Ukip leader has given an indication of what a Britain with Ukip in government would actually look like, and it turns out it's a Britain with no laws preventing racial discrimination.

In an interview with Trevor Phillips, the former chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Farage argues that such laws are out of date, because race is apparently no longer a significant issue in the UK.

He says:

I would argue that the law does need changing, and that if an employer wishes to choose, or you can use the word 'discriminate' if you want to, but wishes to choose to employ a British-born person, they should be allowed to do so. I think you should be able to choose on the basis of nationality, yes. I do.

When asked specifically if a Ukip government would retain anti-discrimination laws on the grounds of race of colour, he replies:

No, because … we as a party are colour-blind.

Responding to Farage's comments, Labour's shadow justice secretary Sadiq Khan said: "When my parents moved to London they frequently saw signs saying 'no blacks, no dogs, no Irish' and what Ukip is suggesting would take us back to those days."

Update: Farage has tweeted that it's basically all the media's fault.

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