UKIP leader Nigel Farage has received support from an unlikely quarter as he bids to be the MP for South Thanet.
Tweeting from Strasbourg yesterday, where MEPs gathered to discuss the crisis in the Mediterranean, he told his followers that European Commission President Jean-Claude Junkcer had wished him good luck ahead of next week’s vote, the Express reports.
As I walked into European Parliament just now, Jean Claude Juncker wished me good luck for #SouthThanet as it means I won’t be here anymore!
— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) April 29, 2015
The former Prime Minister of Luxembourg told the MEP, who has represented the South East region of England in the European Parliament since 1999, that it would mean he wouldn’t be in Brussels and Strasbourg anymore.
Farage is known for his barnstorming speeches and yesterday’s was no different with the Euro MP telling the Brussels chief that Britain “can’t accept countless millions [of migrants] in contrast to Juncker’s proposals for a Common European Asylum Policy.
“Already in countries like mine 77 per cent of the population say we cannot take immigration at current levels,” he said.
Should he be elected to Westminster, the Ukip leader would have to stand down from the European Parliament, with the place given to the party to decide who on the list should become an MEP.
A recent Survetion poll put him nine points ahead of his nearest rival in the Kent constituency, Tory candidate and ex-Ukipper Craig Mackinlay. The survey found that 18 per cent of voters had met him in the last month; more than the number who had met Labour’s Will Scobie and Mackinlay combined.