Nigel Farage has defended Canadian Conservative activist Lauren Southern after she was detained at Calais and refused entry to the UK.
Ms Southern claims she has been “permanently banned” from Britain after she was held by Border Force officials in Coquelles, France, on Monday.
She says she was detained under the Terrorism Act after previously giving out leaflets and posters “about Islam” in Luton.
Mr Farage said on his LBC show on Wednesday: “What she says is she thinks there are elements of Islam that are not compatible with western society, she talks about rights of women, homosexuality.
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“Now that may be a point of view that a lot of people find very uncomfortable, it may be a point of view they agree with, but surely the point is we should be allowed to have this debate in modern Britain.
“I do find it amazing that we used the Terrorism Act on someone like this in a country where the government let back in 400 people who’d fought for Isis in Syria.”
Mr Farage aired part of an interview he conducted with Ms Southern on the show, in which she said she would try to challenge the decision to ban her from entry.
She said: “There was nothing racist about those leaflets, I spoke about the LGBT community and about Islam, neither of those things have anything to do with race. Right wing Canadian activist barred from entering UK
“I said yes I was handing out leaflets in Luton and they simply decided they were racist.”
According to reports, Ms Southern had been planning to meet Austrian Martin Sellner of the Generation Identity group and American commentator Brittany Pettibone in the UK.
The pair were also refused entry at Luton airport on Friday.
They were removed from the country on Sunday, according to the Home Office.
A Home Office spokesman said: “Border Force has the power to refuse entry to an individual if it is considered that his or her presence in the UK is not conducive to the public good.”