Priti Patel told Nigel Farage her “personal story” behind why she decided to support Brexit, and challenged his ‘simplistic’ view on leaving the ECHR.
Appearing on Farage’s ‘Talking Pints’ show on GB News, former Home Secretary Priti Patel said that one of the major causes that sparked her interest in politics and solidified her views as a Eurosceptic was the devastation of the ERM crisis, a crisis in the European Monetary System.
“I’ve got a personal story in terms of my own background, how I got into party politics,” she said. “But also my views on Europe and obviously why I went on to campaign on Brexit.
“I remember the ERM crisis. And I just remember the devastating impact that had on people, jobs, livelihoods, people lost their homes, the rates went double digits.”
She added: “My mum and dad were shopkeepers and I saw the devastating impact that had on all of us.
“Our family, lives, we couldn’t even manage our payments for the shop that my mum and dad had.”
Farage argued Britain needs to leave the ECHR, but Patel warned that such a move may not be possible given how intertwined the court is with the British legal system.
“Can we solve the Channel crisis in your opinion all while we stay a part of the European Convention on Human Rights?”, Farage asked.
“There isn’t a single optional solution to this, I think we need to derogate from the ECHR”, said Patel.
“No more referendums.”
She added: “Laws are in place. We can’t just say it’s too difficult.
“We had the Nationality and Borders Act, the Government needs to act and implement that.”