Nigel Farage has accused European authorities of showing “moral cowardice” in failing to tackle the problems associated with multiculturalism.
The Ukip leader claimed that “big ghettos” had been allowed to develop and the authorities in the UK and elsewhere were turning a “blind eye” to issues including the sexual exploitation scandals in Rotherham and Rochdale, female genital mutilation and the application of sharia law.
The comments come after Mr Farage blamed a “fifth column” of Islamic extremists in Europe for terror atrocities including the Paris attacks and vowed to “be more courageous in standing up for our Judeo-Christian culture”.
In an interview with Fox News in the United States, Mr Farage said there were “no-go zones” for non-Muslims in “most big French cities” and there were problems across the continent.
He said: “We’ve been turning a blind eye to preachers of hate that have been coming here from the Middle East and saying things for which the rest of us would be arrested.
“In parts of northern England we’ve seen the sexual grooming of under-age girls committed by Muslim men, in the majority, and for all of these things we are seeing the law not being applied equally, we’re seeing the police forces not doing their job because we’ve suffered from moral cowardice.
“We have through mass immigration and through not checking the details of those people who have come to our countries, we have allowed big ghettos to develop and when it comes to confronting tough issues we’re run a mile and that is why we’re in the mess we’re in, we’ve been led very badly.”
He said “tens of thousands of young women” had been subjected to female genital mutilation in the UK.
Mr Farage added: “We even, a few years ago, had some quite clear examples where the immigration services were actually allowing women to come into Britain from Pakistan and elsewhere to join polygamous marriages something that is against our law.
“So wherever you look, wherever you look you see this blind eye being turned and you see the growth of ghettos where the police and all the normal agents of the law have withdrawn and that is where sharia law has come in and you know it got so bad in Britain that our last archbishop of Canterbury, the leader of our church, actually said we should accept sharia law.”
In 2008 former archbishop Lord Williams of Oystermouth was criticised for claiming the adoption of elements of Islamic sharia law in the UK ‘’seems unavoidable’’.
Responding to Mr Farage’s comments, Fox News presenter Sean Hannity asked: “ Why would Great Britain, France, Belgium or any other country, the Netherlands, why would they allow people to come to the country, not assimilate, separate, take their land ostensibly and risk even being at war with them when sharia, if you’re coming from a country that you grew up under sharia, those values directly contradict the values of Western countries, why would anybody allow that?”
Mr Farage said: “Well Sean, I agree with your sentiments entirely, but we have a political class that is leading countries in Europe, hopelessly out of touch with the real world.”