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Farage dodges resignation question

Ukip's eurosceptic party leader Nigel Farage has dodged the question of whether or not he will resign if his party loses its bid to get Britain to leave the EU.

Farage, who said today that he will be focusing all his efforts on the upcoming in/out referendum, refused to answer the question when ITV spoke to him following his keynote speech at Ukip's annual party conference today.

He told ITV News: "Well no, we're going to win the referendum".

Farage: This is the moment to put country before party

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has told party members that "this is the moment to put country before party" as he added more fuel to his campaign to get the British public to opt out of the EU.

Addressing delegates at his party's annual political conference the staunch eurosceptic said Britain was facing a "once in a lifetime opportunity" to distance itself from European regulations and voters needed to consider what would be best for the country.

He said: "This is the moment to put country before party. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get back the independence and self-government of this nation.

"Our message is clear, we want our country back."


Farage: Corbyn is 'a gift to Ukip'

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has said the election of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour's new leader has been a 'gift to Ukip' and will see his party pick up more votes in future.

Speaking on the first day of the Ukip party conference Farage said Corbyn's turnaround on his previous eurosceptic stance would cost him in the polls.

He said: "I believe a whole new flank of the Labour vote is there for Ukip, I think Corbyn is a gift to Ukip."

Farage to launch Ukip conference with EU vote pledge

Nigel Farage will launch Ukip's annual conference on Friday by telling activists they must focus on securing Britain's exit from the EU in a planned referendum.

Nigel Farage believes winning the EU referendum is 'absolutely key'. Credit: PA

The party leader believes there is a 50/50 chance of Britain voting to leave the EU and is to pledge all his time to campaigning in the in/out referendum.

"I'm not deserting the party but winning the referendum is absolutely key and that's where our energies must go," he will tell the conference in Doncaster.

"Ukip is committed to leaving the EU, and we have always said that we would work with anybody who shared the same aim."

Ukip secured nearly four million votes in May's general election but only claimed one Westminster seat.

UKIP 'neither wants or needs Manston to become a lorry park'

UKIP have released a joint statement from Nigel Farage and Chris Wells, the Leader of Thanet district Council, in response to the announcement that Manston airport would be used to ease traffic congestion.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage issues joint statement opposing plan for Manston. Credit: Reuters

UKIP neither wants nor needs the Ramsgate area, including Manston, to become a lorry park.

This is a simplistic and short term approach to the ongoing crisis in Calais and Dover.

UKIP-controlled Thanet District Council is only interested in getting lorries moving so that business can flourish, not simply transferring the parking problem from Dover into the neighbouring districts.

– UKIP Statement


Farage: I won't use 'swarm' to describe migrants again

Nigel Farage has said he won't be using the word "swarm" again to describe migrants after getting caught up in the controversy.

The Ukip leader had earlier said he wouldn't use the term, just hours after doing so on Good Morning Britain.

Mr Farage told ITV News he did not want to get hung up on the issue and would rather focus on how to bring the crisis under control.

Farage caught out over 'swarms of migrants' comment

The Ukip leader told GMB his car was 'surrounded by swarms of potential migrants'. Credit: PA

Nigel Farage has said be would not describe migrants as "swarms", just hours after doing so.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, the Ukip leader said he was "not seeking to use language like that" and suggested the Prime Minister was simply trying to appear tough on immigration.

But on Good Morning Britain today he said: "A couple of times I've been sat on the motorway and surrounded by swarms of potential migrants to Britain."

Farage: Use Army to check Dover vehicles for migrants

The Ukip leader said police and border agencies were overburdened. Credit: PA

Nigel Farage has said Britain should consider calling in the Army to help check vehicles for migrants at Dover.

The Ukip leader also said the situation around Calais is "virtually lawless" and hit out at French authorities for not doing enough to clamp down on the problem.

In an interview with LBC, Mr Farage said using the Army was justified in a civil emergency to help the "overburdened" police and border agencies.

He told LBC: "If in a crisis to make sure we have actually got the manpower to check lorries coming in, to stop people illegally coming to Britain, if in those circumstances we can use the Army or any other forces then why not?"

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