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Rochester and Strood by-election: a history of Ukip slips

Mark Reckless's comments on EU migrants don't mark the first time the party has had to rapidly clarify a statement

By Alexander Brown  

Ukip was yesterday forced to issue a clarification on comments made by Mark Reckless, the man very likely to become its second MP, which implied that EU immigrants could be deported if Britain left the Union.

“I think in the near term we’d have to have a transitional period, and I think we should probably allow people who are currently here to have a work permit at least for a fixed period,” said Reckless.  Ukip almost immediately issued a clarification that deporting legal immigrants was not party policy, after some interpreted Reckless’s comments as meaning this was a possibility.

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