Andrew Pierce is Leading Britain's Conversation.
23 February 2017, 22:14
In 2014 Nigel Farage claimed that up to 50,000 people a year would come to the UK from Romania and Bulgaria - turns out the figure was even higher.
Nigel Farage Apologises For Quoting Wrong Immigration Statistics
In 2014 Nigel Farage claimed that up to 50,000 people a year would come from Romania and Bulgaria.
Nigel Farage has apologised...for underestimating how many immigrants would come to the UK from Romania and Bulgaria.
The latest figures released from the Office of National Statistics show that in the months following the Brexit referendum, immigration from Romania and Bulgaria has risen to the highest level on record.
Inward migration from these two countries was up 19,000 to 74,000, which the ONS described as the “highest estimate recorded”.
Farage said: "I have to apologize right now to the nation because in 2014, I said when we opened the doors to Romania and Bulgaria that I thought up to 50,000 people a year might come. I was of course condemned laughed at and as that European election campaign got into swing.
"But I now apologise. The figure for the last year is 74,000, so I was wrong."