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Farage Warns Of Far-Right EU Revolution
Nigel Farage warned of a far right revolution across Europe if the EU is not brought to an end, cautioning over the growth of neo-Nazi groups.
During the second of two public debates on Britain's membership of the EU, the UKIP leader said there had been a "worrying rise in political extremism" across the continent.
And he said if people could not wrest back control of their own countries diplomatically then they would do so violently, referring to the rise of the Golden Dawn party in Greece.
Mr Farage said: "I want to see the EU brought to an end, but I want it to end democratically. If it does not end democratically I am afraid it will end unpleasantly."
He said he wanted Britain's exit from the European Union to be a trailblazing move for other countries.
"Already some countries are beginning to see the rise of, worryingly, political extremism. There is a neo-Nazi party in Greece that look certain to win seats in the European parliament.
"We see in Madrid, we see in Athens very large protests, tens of thousands of people, a lot of violence.
"If you take away from people their ability through the ballot box to change their futures because they have given away control of everything to somebody else then I am afraid they tend to resort to unpleasant means and that's my big worry."
But Mr Clegg responded: "There are huge difficulties in the Eurozone, but the idea that it is somehow a good thing ? for it to fall apart, to perhaps even predict, as Nigel Farage has just done, that it will do so with violence on the streets across Europe and at the same time to side with Vladimir Putin on some of the biggest issues, rather than our own country and the European democracy we work together with, I just think it's a huge difference of priorities."
The two men clashed, as had been widely expected, on Mr Farage's comments in an interview this week that Mr Putin was the leader he admired the most.
The polls after the debate gave an overwhelming victory to Mr Farage with an ICM/Guardian poll saying 69% thought he had performed best.
A YouGov/The Sun poll found 68% thought the UKIP leader had triumphed over his Liberal Democrat counterpart.