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UKIP descend into farce as lead candidate backs EU

May 13, 2014 11:31 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat MEP George Lyon today said UKIP's EUGeorge Lyon MEPGeorge Lyon MEP election campaign has descended into farce after their top candidate in Scotland said that leaving the EU would be an 'appalling thing for Scotland'.

UKIP candidate David Coburn, who is the chair of UKIP's regional group in London, made his comments during a televised BBC election hustings.

During the Newsnight Scotland broadcast he said: "Coming out of the EU is a great thing for Great Britain but I think it is an appalling thing for Scotland."

Commenting, George Lyon MEP said:

"Liberal Democrats have been clear that we think Scotland can achieve more as part of the UK and the EU. Whether we are talking about supporting key Scottish industries like Scotch whisky or tackling cross-border crime, being part of something bigger is good for Scotland.

"The one thing we thought we know about UKIP is that they are opposed to the EU. Now it would appear their lead candidate in Scotland has had a change of heart.

"If you ask three UKIP politicians a question on any issue bar the EU you are likely to get three different answers. But now it seems that they don't even know where they stand on the one thing that defines them as a party. Their campaign has descended into farce."