France's Le Pen: British referendum should inspire others to leave EU

British citizens should vote "leave" in June's referendum on whether to remain in or leave the European Union and inspire their European peers to "flee" the bloc, French far-right leader Marine Le Pen said Tuesday.

In an interview with the Italian paper Libero, the leader of the National Front said she hoped that the British "will have the chance to open a path through which I hope other European people will flee" from the EU, which she called a "jail."

Le Pen also said moves to secure national borders within the EU, sacrificing the bloc's passport-free Schengen area, were justified.

"Controlling our borders is vital if we want to fight effectively against massive influxes of migrants, among whom Islamic terrorists who cover our countries in blood also infiltrate," she said.

The migration problem "should not be assessed in religious terms," she insisted, but European politicians should "say that we do not have the means to welcome these human multitudes, which are a source of social, economic and security tensions."

Le Pen said mosques built in Europe with funds from Qatar and Saudi Arabia "are a clear threat to our national security" and shrugged off being called a populist.

"If being a populist means being close to workers, pensioners, millions of unemployed and highly educated young people who cannot get by, then yes, I am a populist," she said.

British voters decide on EU membership in a referendum on June 23.

Last update: Fri, 24/06/2016 - 08:49

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