Britain should follow Donald Trump’s lead and introduce ‘extreme vetting’ at the borders, Nigel Farage said today.
The former Ukip leader, a friend of the US President, defended the hugely controversial executive order that prevents anyone entering the US from seven Muslim majority countries for 90 days.
He said the US president is entitled to introduce the measures in a bid to crack down on any would-be jihadis entering the country.
Mr Farage, nicknamed ‘Mr Brexit’ by Mr Trump, blamed the ban – which has been condemned by leaders around the world, including Theresa May – on Germany’s open-door policy towards refugees fleeing conflict in the Middle East.
Asked whether he agreed with President Trump’s executive order, Mr Farage told BBC’s Sunday Politics programme: ‘Well I do, because I think if you just look at what is happening in France and Germany – if you look at Mrs Merkel’s policy on this, which was to allow anybody virtually from anywhere – look where it’s led to.’
He added that President Trump was elected ‘to get tough, he was elected to say he will do everything within his power to protect America from infiltration by Isis terrorists.
The Muslim Council of Britain said the details of the executive order exposed that it was not designed to tackle terrorism but to appeal to right-wing supporters of President Trump.
‘Those countries whose citizens were found to be involved in terrorism in the United States are not on Mr Trump’s list, he said.’
Terror hot-spots such as Afghanistan, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are not on the travel ban list.