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U.K. Euroskeptic Doesn't Think German Wife Is Taking British Job

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The Euroskeptics of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) had a couple of hypocritical embarrassing moments in the last week.

At the launch of UKIP's European election campaign earlier this week Nick Robinson, the BBC's political editor, interviewed UKIP's leader Nigel Farage, who has warned about Europeans taking British jobs. Farage is married to a German who is also his secretary. When asked by Robinson if his wife had taken a British job, Farage said "no" and went on to say, "I don't know anybody that would work those kind of hours."

Read Robinson's account of the encounter with Farage here and watch a video of the conversation below.

UKIP's European election campaign includes posters, some of which are below:

The posters convey much of the sentiment you expect from Euroskeptics, but they also contain another example of UKIP hypocrisy.

The actor who appears in the poster warning of "unlimited cheap labour" is Irish.

That UKIP would feature a non-British actor in a campaign poster warning that "British workers are hit hard by unlimited cheap labour" has unsurprisingly being called hypocritical by the vice-chairman of the Conservative Party, however some have pointed out that the Irish have been free to move to the U.K. since before the U.K. joined the European Union.

More from Reason on UKIP here.