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December 6, 2022

UKIP’s Farage has a ‘massive problem’ with Romania

The leader of the Euroskeptic UK Independence Party (UKIP) told CNBC he had a “massive problem” with Romania, potentially adding fuel to accusations that the U.K. protest party is racist.
“I haven’t got a problem with Romanians. I have a massive problem with Romania,” said Nigel Farage, the head of UKIP, which campaigns for the U.K. to quit the European Union (EU), the political and economic bloc of 28 European countries.
UKIP scored a shock success in the EU’s parliamentary elections last weekend, beating the U.K.’s three mainstream parties — the Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats — to win 27.5 percent of the U.K. vote.
It campaigned on an anti-immigration ticket, highlighting the increase in people migrating to the U.K. from other parts of Europe. This has helped feed accusations of racism, including from the three establishment parties.
On Thursday, Farage told CNBC that “known criminal gangs” from Romania headed to the U.K., where officials were forced to allow them entry because of EU rules governing freedom of movement for people, goods and services.
“Some of these post-communist countries have not made the transition to full western democracy. They have their own minorities, which are discriminated against in a way that is truly shocking when you see it, and organized criminal gangs have got countries like Romania in their grip,” Farage said.  “We, as members of the EU, cannot stop known criminal gangs at the border,” he added.

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