These Rochester & Strood Voters Back Mark Reckless On Repatriation
Mark Reckless' comments about sending immigrants back home might actually be a vote winner.
Mark Reckless, UKIP's candidate in the Rochester and Strood by-election, has been forced to deny claims he backs deporting EU migrants.
Asked in an ITV debate what should happen to a Polish plumber who was already legally working in the UK, Reckless appeared to suggest that they may have to leave the country.
He said: "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."
UKIP swiftly disowned the remarks and said Reckless' views were not party policy.
Despite this, voters in tomorrow's by-election were in no rush to dismiss the idea. BuzzFeed News spoke to eight voters in the constituency, six of whom agreed with repatriation, with some saying Reckless's comments made them more likely to vote for him.
"It's a sensible idea, send them back."
"England should tell immigrants who want benefits to fuck off."
"Send them back, unless they have a local accent."
"Send them back if they have no trade or no job."
Roy Williams, who didn't want to be photographed, is definitely voting UKIP.
"It's quite right," he said, on repatriation. He said he's worked 72 years old and has never claimed state benefits, but said he would have been able to if he had "a different colour face". "If immigrants have jobs, pay their own way, then fine," he said, but it becomes an issue when the immigrants are "sending all their money back home to children we don't even know exist."