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UKIP admit 'similarities' with Trump over new Muslim policy

By Greg Heffer, political reporter
UKIP have admitted there are "similarities" between the party's new stance towards Muslim migrants and the policies of US President Donald Trump.
In a new 18-page manifesto, the party are proposing a "security-based screening policy" for migration from "Islamic countries".The plan prompted immediate criticism from one of UKIP's former MEPs, who accused the party of a "dog-whistle approach" towards Muslims.The new "interim" manifesto, being unveiled at the party's 25th anniversary conference in Birmingham on Friday, is described by leader Gerard Batten as a means to turn UKIP into a "populist party".
UKIP admit 'similarities' with Trump over new Muslim policy

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UKIP admitted 'similarities' with Donald Trump's stance
The manifesto covers 30 different areas of policy, with one area reserved for "combating Islamic literalist and fundamentalist extremism".One paragraph states: "UKIP will end mass uncontrolled immigration, and under a security-based screening policy we restrict any limited migration from Islamic countries to those people we can be sure, as far as possible, do not follow a literalist and extremist interpretation of Islam."Asked whether the proposal mirrored the stance of Mr Trump, a UKIP spokesman insisted the policy was "entirely homegrown" and would apply to countries such as Iran.He told Sky News: "Although there are similarities, there has been no conscious aping of the president of America's policies."UKIP also denied the policy represented a "Muslim ban" - as Mr Trump once proposed for the US - with the spokesman adding this was "clear from the wording".
UKIP admit 'similarities' with Trump over new Muslim policy

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Former UKIP general secretary Jonathan Arnott attacked the new policy
However, North East England MEP Jonathan Arnott, who quit UKIP months after making an attack on the party's "anti-Islam messages", spoke out against the new policy.
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