(5 May 2013, asked by PressTV(Iranian international news network) about the surge in UKIP popularity, if it is simply just the economics in the UK or to do with foreign policy),

"Well I think there is an element of international policy involved, certainly as far as Europe is concerned because UKIP, this new party that has grown up, is very hostile to Europe and a lot of people feel that in this situation that we’re in, the control of British policy by Europe, is banded into our interests."