Mark Reckless
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UKIP leader: EU migrants in UK legally would be able to stay

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has dismissed claims his party backs deporting existing EU migrants amid a row over comments made by its candidate in the Rochester and Strood by-election.

Mark Reckless suggested existing EU migrants would only be allowed to remain in the UK for "a transitional period" should the UK quit the EU.

But Mr Farage insisted UKIP respected the "rule of law and British justice".

The BBC's political editor Nick Robinson reports.

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  • 19 Nov 2014
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