A senior Ukip politician plunged his party into fresh controversy last night after calling on Muslims to sign a special code of conduct to prove they reject violence.
Gerard Batten, a London MEP and the party’s spokesman on immigration, said it was a big mistake for Europe to allow ‘an explosion of mosques across their land’.
The comments will heap further pressure on leader Nigel Farage, who has vowed to rid his party of what he called ‘Walter Mitty’ types.
Last month he was forced to suspend a town councillor who suggested that the country was suffering floods because of David Cameron’s gay marriage policy.
Mr Farage also had to get rid of another MEP, Godfrey Bloom, after he called some women ‘sluts’ and warned against sending aid to ‘Bongo Bongo land’.
Last night critics attacked the latest comments from Mr Batten, a member of the party’s executive, saying they represented the ‘ugliest side of Ukip’ and 'overlap with the far-Right'.
The MEP told The Guardian that he stood by his call for a ‘charter of Muslim understanding’, which he first suggested in 2006.
The document asks Muslims to sign a declaration rejecting violence and says that certain parts of the Koran that promote ‘violent physical Jihad’ should be regarded as ‘inapplicable, invalid and non-Islamic’.
Asked on Tuesday about the charter, Mr Batten said he had written it with a friend, who is an Islamic scholar, and could not see why ‘any reasonable, normal person’ would object to signing it.
He also repeated his view that some Muslim texts need updating, claiming some say ‘kill Jews wherever you find them and various things like that’.