Farage warns of increased sex assaults

UKIP leader Nigel Farage takes a walk around Leeds Kirkgate market to talk to the public as part of his Leave campaign in the upcoming European referendum.
UKIP leader Nigel Farage takes a walk around Leeds Kirkgate market to talk to the public as part of his Leave campaign in the upcoming European referendum.
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Nigel Farage has been accused of “outrageous blatant scaremongering” by a fellow Brexit campaigner after suggesting women could be at risk of sex attacks from migrants if Britain stays in the EU.

The Ukip leader said the possibility of attacks like those seen in Cologne in Germany will be “the nuclear bomb” of the referendum campaign. But Treasury Minister and Leave campaigner Andrea Leadsom said his comments were wrong.

The Tory MP told Pienaar’s Politics BBC Radio 5 Live: “I don’t like that sort of campaigning at all. However we know for a fact that there was an appalling experience for women over in Germany over the Christmas period.

“I do not approve of that sort of campaigning, I do not believe in outright blatant scaremongering so I think it’s really, really regrettable. I haven’t seen it and I wouldn’t support suggesting if you vote to remain you’d be raped. Obviously that is just an outrageous thing to say.”

Brexit campaigner Michael Gove also refused to associate himself with Mr Farage’s comments.