WATCH: Nigel Farage Interview Lauren Southern
Following her possibly permanent exclusion from the UK on the grounds that she is allegedly a ‘terrorist’, Lauren Southern has received some heartening support from Nigel Farage and other MEPs. Ms Southern was invited to speak in the European Parliament by Populist UK MEP Janice Atkinson of the Europe of Nations and Freedom group, a group which has included Geert Wilders, former French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, Italian La Lega leader Matteo Salvini. Steven Woolfe MEP said it was “embarrassing” that free speech was taking place in the European Parliament but wasn’t allowed in London.
Mr Farage said it was “amazing” that the Terrorism Act had been used against Ms Southern:
What she says is she thinks there are elements of Islam that are not compatible with western society, she talks about rights of women, homosexuality.
Now that may be a point of view that a lot of people find very uncomfortable, it may be a point of view they agree with, but surely the point is we should be allowed to have this debate in modern Britain.
I do find it amazing that we used the Terrorism Act on someone like this in a country where the government let back in 400 people who’d fought for Isis in Syria.