UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage has praised Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban for his stance on the migrant crisis, and for standing up to German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
In an interview with the Financial Times, Mr Farage sang the praises of Mr Orban and while sharply criticising Mrs Merkel’s immigration policies. “He’s a proper national leader. He does not want Hungary to become dominated too much by Germany.”
In contrast, Mrs Merkel’s decision to open up Germany’s borders to over a million migrants last summer was “the worst policy decision that we’ve seen from a modern European politician.”
“[A year ago] I would have said she was a very effective political operator,” he added, but her handling of the migrant crisis has changed that.
Viktor Orban took a very different attitude to Angela Merkel when hundreds of thousands of migrants started pouring into Europe. He built a 4 metre (13 foot) high fence along the Hungarian border and spoke up strongly in support of the continent’s “Christian heritage” which he claims is being threatened by large-scale Muslim immigration.
Nigel Farage also said he was “confident” Britain will vote to leave the European Union in June, saying that the odds currently offered by bookmakers suggesting a “remain” victory should not be seen as a prediction.
“The price that a bookie gives you is as much a reflection of the shape of their book as it is of what they think will happen. A wall of money came in for Remain very early.”
Breitbart London reported yesterday that the Hungarian Prime Minister has effectively ‘declared war’ against Brussels, saying that if important decisions over immigration were taken away from his country, they would effectively be handing control of their borders to a foreign power.
European leaders are currently discussing a plan to redistribute thousands of migrants across the continent, raising the prospect that some states may be forced to take their “fair share” against their wishes.
If Hungary accepts the plan “it would be determined not in Hungary but in Brussels who we have to live together with, and how the ethnic composition of the country will look in future,” Mr Orban said.