The UKIP leader says there is a ‘big shift’ among unionists, with Aslef , RMT and the Bakers Union passing votes in favour of leaving Europe
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Nigel Farage has claimed there is a “big shift” within Britain’s trade union movement in support of leaving the EU.
The UKIP leader said recent votes by some of the biggest unions – including Aslef and the RMT – in support of Brexit had left him “surprised” and “encouraged”.
Mr Farage told an audience in central London: “ASLEF have voted for their members to leave Europe, the RMT and the Bakers Union have done the same thing.
“I actually think there has been a big shift within the trade union movement.
“I think you may be surprised how many union members will vote to leave Europe.”
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The majority of Ukip politicians, including Farage support the cross-party group “Grassroots Out” (GO) while Carswell, who defected from the Conservatives in 2014, backs the Vote Leave group.
Farage also described Vote Leave, which is backed by several Conservative ministers, as the choice of the Westminster establishment, but insisted the split between the two groups would not affect the final result.
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He then defended his decision to stand alongside George Galloway at a recent GO rally, saying he would “do it again”.
He said that left-wing Galloway was the “only one” who could help attract British Muslims to vote to leave the EU.
Farage described Boris Johnson as “a huge asset” to the Brexit campaign adding that the London Mayor “is one of the top two politicians in this country who can shift public opinion”.
He told the audience his confidence had come from the “blind panic” shown by David Cameron after 140 of his own Tory MPs defied him to campaign for a Brexit including Justice Secretary Michael Gove and London Mayor Boris Johnson.
He said: “The Remain camp shocked about how derisory reaction to the renegotiation.”
18:15, 4 MAR 2016 UPDATED 18:15, 4 MAR 2016
BY LEE HARPIN