LABOUR accused Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party of “racism” in the 2017 referendum referring to his “Breaking-Point” advert, to which he quickly responded by highlighting Labour’s own track record on anti-semitism saying “wake up and smell the coffee”.
On BBC’s Question Time Labour’s Angela Rayner said: “You were trying to dog whistle racism and you are a disgrace. Stop peddling hate in our country.” Mr Farage responded and said: “The Labour party are saying that other parties have a racism problem.
“Well, you want to wake up and smell the coffee.
“You’ve got an anti-semitism problem.
“You’re being investigated for it.
“You have not dealt with any of it.
“You have lowered British politics because your leader has tolerated anti-semitism.”
Mr Farage dismissed claims of racism and xenophobia when he launched the “Breaking-Point” Ukip campaign advert just a week before the EU referendum.
He unveiled the poster outside the EU’s offices in Westminster, with an image of migrants entering Europe emblazoned with the slogan “Breaking Point” and the message “The EU has failed us”.
The poster was met with anger by Remain campaigners, with Labour MP Tristam Hunt claiming he was “absolutely appalled” by the “divisive, hate-filled” advert.
The former shadow education secretary said leading Brexit campaigners such as Boris Johnson and Michael Gove should “be ashamed to be on the same platform” as Mr Farage.
But Mr Farage hit back at claims voters could view the poster as racist.
Speaking in front of the advert in 2017 the Ukip leader said: “This is a photograph, an accurate undoctored photograph taken on October 15 last year following German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s call in the summer.
“If you believe, as I’ve always believed, that we should open our hearts to genuine refugees that’s one thing.
“But frankly, as you can see from this picture, most of the people coming are young males.
“They may be coming from countries that are not in a very happy state, they may be coming from places that are poorer than us but the EU has made a fundamental error that risks the security of everybody.”
During his appearance last week on BBC’s Andrew Neil interview the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn failed to apologise to the British Jewish community as the host asked if he would like the opportunity to say sorry for the handling of antisemitism in the Labour Party.
Mr Corbyn failed to apologise to the British Jewish community during an interview with BBC’s Andrew Neil ahead of the December 12 general election.
The topic was brought up as the Chief Rabbi warned people against voting for the Labour Party and said that “the overwhelming majority of British Jews are gripped by anxiety”.
Host Mr Neil said: “Wouldn’t you like to take this opportunity tonight to apologise to the British Jewish community for what’s happened?”
Speaking to BBC host Andrew Neil on BBC One, Mr Corbyn said: “What I’ll say is this: I am determined that our society will be safe for people of all faiths.
“I don’t want anyone to be feeling insecure in our society and our government will protect every community.”
Mr Neil interjected: “So no apology?”
As Mr Corbyn continued his comment, Mr Neil said again: “So no apology for how you’ve handled this?”
“I’ll try one more time.”
Mr Corbyn said: “No hang on a minute, Andrew. Can I explain what we’re trying to do?”
The host said: “You have and you’ve been given plenty of time to do it.
“I asked you if you wanted to apologise and you haven’t.”