Following pledges from the U.K. on Monday to accept 20,000 refugees affected by the civil war in Syria, the leader of the anti-immigration U.K. Independence Party (UKIP) has warned that Britain "cannot cope" with more migrants.
"Social media may scream that we should be doing more but the vast majority of public opinion says that until we get a grip on current immigration levels, we're in no position to do anything more substantial in terms of refugees," Farage told CNBC, adding that "Britain cannot cope" with higher levels of immigration.
Farage's comments come after U.K. Prime minister David Cameron said on Monday that the U.K. would accept 20,000 refugees from Syria over the next five years, saying the country had a "moral responsibility" to help those living in war-torn Syria, particularly vulnerable children.
The migrant crisis in Europe appears to be reaching a peak after Germany and Austria decided to waive normal border checks at the weekend, leading to what German Chancellor Angela Merkel called a "breathtaking" flow of migrants into Germany with almost 20,000 migrants entering the country over the weekend alone – the same figure the U.K is offering to take over five years.