UKIP party proposes five-year migrant ban

Last updated at 00:52 06 October 2007

The UK Independence Party would introduce a five-year moratorium on all immigration if elected, its leader said.

Nigel Farage said the move would give Britain much-needed breathing space from current levels of immigration, which he called an "absolute mess".

He added that a freeze would allow officials to address the issue of illegal immigrants without being overwhelmed.

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Mr Farage told the UKIP conference in Limehouse, East London, that waves of migration - especially from Eastern Europe - were putting too much pressure on public services, as well as leading to an increase in tension within communities.

He added that the situation was "putting an unfair burden on the citizen".

The UKIP leader said: "Most worryingly of all, what we are now seeing is a sharp increase in social tension between the different ethnic groups.

"We have long been the country that has been tolerant, we have long been the country that has easily absorbed different migrations, but the scale of what has happened over the last three years dwarfs anything that has ever happened in our history."


In a 22-minute speech delivered in the unscripted style used by David Cameron at the Tory Party conference earlier this week, Mr Farage declared: "That is why we believe that there now needs to be a five-year moratorium on any new immigration to this country.

"We need that time to assess who is here legally and who is here illegally."

The UKIP leader conceded that his party was probably not prepared for a possible snap autumn General Election but said had a duty to fight, accusing the mainstream parties of perpetuating the "charade" that the UK was still governed from Westminster, rather than Brussels.

He sounded a warning over Gordon Brown's plans for the revived EU Constitution, cautioning that the Prime Minister could seek an alternative referendum to sneak the treaty though.

The UKIP leader said: "It may well be that we do get a referendum. But we may not get a referendum on this treaty.

"Gordon Brown may well think, if he is forced into giving us a referendum, to give us a referendum on whether we stay in or whether we leave the EU.

"At that moment in time...fair-weather friends will melt away...and we will find that the only political party fight that campaign will be the UK Independence Party."

Other motions to be voted on at the two-day conference include proposals for National Service for all 17-year-olds and a road tax on foreign lorry drivers entering the UK.

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