Nigel Farage has criticised UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson for not keeping his 2019 immigration commitment.
The 2019 Conservative Party manifesto promised an Australia-style points-based system to regulate immigration.
240,000 work-related visas were awarded in 2020, 25% more than in 2019.
Farage erupted on GB News: “This is the biggest Brexit betrayal.”
“The level of legal immigration is huge.”
“It looks like we will be heading for a record year of net migration into the United Kingdom.”
“This is not what we voted for either in the referendum or when we gave Boris Johnson a massive majority of seats.”
“And we can talk about Northern Ireland, we can talk about fisheries and many other things”, Farage said.
“The fact is immigration figures are going to be even bigger than they were under Tony Blair.”
Between 1997 and 2010, Tony Blair doubled net yearly immigration. In Labour’s previous tenure, net migration averaged 247,000 annually.
“Now in response to this, a group of Red Wall MPs – a couple of dozen Red Wall MPs – are saying this undeniably undermines Brexit promises, manifesto promises.”
“And I have to say, there are so many in Westminster whether that’s in politics, whether it’s in the media, who would rather we never ever debated his subject.”
“Rather, it was rushed under the carpet”, Farage continued.”
“But I wonder, is there anyone of you watching this now that has not seen a fundamental change in our way of life as a result of a massive explosion of the population?”
“Our population has risen by ten million. And that’s the official figure.”
“I’m sure the reality is much higher.”
“It’s risen by ten million since Tony Blair won that election 25 years ago.”
“And whether it’s getting GP appointments, whether it’s our busy roads are, whether it’s getting our kids into local schools.”
“I think we’re all feeling the impact of a massively rising population.”
“And right now, there’s nothing to stop it whatsoever.”