Ex-leader of the British National Party (BNP) Nick Griffin is planning to become a “refugee” in the EU. And he’s making the move quick smart, so he’s out of the UK before Brexit kicks in.
Do as I say, not as I do
The BNP is a far-right political party. And as its Facebook page highlights, it is categorically against immigration to the UK:
At the core of British National Party policy is the belief that Immigration into Britain is a destructive agenda and must be stopped.
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Griffin revealed his plans to Hungarian news site 444. He said he hoped the Hungarian government and the country’s people “will welcome people who are genuine refugees from western Europe”. Griffin also added:
There’s already a sort of nationalist emigre community building up here. There’s French, there’s Italians, there’s Swedes, and Brits as well, so it’s only a trickle at present.
Oh, the hypocrisy
Griffin didn’t seem to recognise the contradiction in that statement, or in his actions. By definition, nationalists are supposed to be devoted to their countries. But those ‘nationalist emigres’ are leaving their own country for another. And using a supranational authority like the EU to do so. That’s hardly a sign of allegiance.
The news of Griffin’s exodus met with accusations of hypocrisy. But some did greet the development with relief.
Nick Griffin, failed one-time leader of the Nazi British National Party wants to move to Hungary. Where can I contribute to the ticket?
— Zed Barnes (@sabiosuelto) March 20, 2017
At last, an upside to Brexit! Nick Griffin not allowed back into UK once he becomes a Hungarian citizen!
— Aunt Olive (@HelpfulOlive) March 20, 2017
So the BNP may claim that immigration is bad. But it’s currently working out quite well for its ex-leader. And, of course, for all the people happy to see the back of him.
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