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UKIP's £1.5m European election campaign criticised as leader Nigel Farage claims 'political earthquake' on its way

A UK Independence Party (UKIP) campaign claiming that Europeans are out to take employment away from those living in the UK ahead of the European Parliament elections next month, has been defended by the party’s leader, Nigel Farage.

The £1.5m campaign, which is set to run as 48-sheets, press and online advertisements, includes one ad that claims three quarters of laws in the UK are decided by the parliament in Brussels.

It has been funded by Yorkshire businessman, Paul Sykes, the party has revealed.

Said Farage of the campaign, which has been critcised for attempting to scaremonger votes: "“These posters are a hard-hitting reflection of reality as it is experienced by millions of British people struggling to earn a living outside the Westminster bubble. Are we going to ruffle a few feathers among the chattering classes? Yes. Are we bothered about that? Not in the slightest.

“UKIP is hugely grateful to Paul Sykes for his magnificent contribution to the great cause of restoring Britain’s ability to be a self-governing nation. The political earthquake I have spoken of is on its way.”

"The political earthquake I have spoken of is on its way,” he added.

The election is set to take place on 22 May.