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Nigel Farage hits out at Jeremy Corbyn policies but offers anti-EU pact

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has said Jeremy Corbyn's views on Northern Ireland leaving the UK are out of touch with the electorate.

He claimed people would be shocked when they realised what the republican "working class hero" who wants to abolish the monarchy stood for.

Mr Farage was in Belfast to launch his referendum campaign with a rally supporting leaving the EU.

He said: "He is a republican in both senses, firstly he wants to get rid of the Queen, which I don't think is the way most ordinary voters feel, in fact I am pretty certain of it.

"Clearly he does not believe that Northern Ireland should remain part of the United Kingdom, which will make a lot of people think."

Mr Corbyn organised Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams' visit to the House of Commons in the early 1980s.

He observed a minute's silence for eight IRA members killed by the SAS in 1987 and once employed Irish republican Ronan Bennett as a member of staff at Westminster.

Mr Adams has described him as "a friend of Ireland" and the peace process.

Mr Farage said he was unlikely to become prime minister.

"Most of those that have supported him think they have some working class hero and I think as time goes on they are going to be quite shocked when they find out what he really stands for.

"What we know he stands for is an attitude towards debt that is I think pretty irresponsible. We had a debt crisis in 2008, our debt levels are massively higher now than they were then and yet the Corbyn prescription is we should not even worry about it.

"We know he believes Northern Ireland should leave the United Kingdom, and some ideas about defence and the army that I think are genuinely quite worrying.

"He is talking about demilitarising the country completely and that may be a wonderful intellectual debating point at university but it is not the real world."

He reiterated that he would like to share a platform with Mr Corbyn campaigning for an EU exit.

"This question of governing our own country, making our laws, charting our own course, is actually much more important than differences between left and right and traditional divides so I would love to share a platform with Jeremy Corbyn if he is going to be on the same side of the argument but maybe he is going to feel bullied, maybe he is going to be bullied by the Labour Party into doing something that actually instinctively he would rather not do."

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