The prospect of a further sharp decline in the value of the pound in the wake of Brexit is nothing to worry about, according to Ukip leader Nigel Farage.
"If sterling were to fall a few percentage points after Brexit, so what?" Mr Farage told the Andrew Marr Show, claiming it would be good for exports, and that people shouldn’t be worried by 'ludicrous scare stories'.
Mr Farage also stood by his controversial stance on banning foreigners with HIV from coming to the UK for NHS treatment.
He didn't mention HIV patients directly, but he did insist that all migrants coming to Britain should have medical insurance..
'Let's be clear,” he said. “If you're coming to live in this country, to work in this country, you have to bring your own health insurance.
“The way Australia does it is very simple, you've got to be under 45, you've got to have a trade or skill, you've got to have some money, no criminal record and bring your own health insurance.
'Doesn't that sound like a good, sensible way for immigration to become a positive part of British debate and not a negative one?'
In the wake of a shock Friday poll showing a ten point lead for Brexit, the pound plunged to a new eight-week low against the dollar, at $1.41 - its weakest position since April 18.
But Mr Farage, a former commodities broker, said: "I did work in this for 20 years; I know a little bit more about it than most people.
"Sterling is up since March. Since Brexit became a possibility sterling is up, and the FTSE is exactly the same level it was in March.
"And what happened on Friday were very bad economic figures from America and the fact that our growth forecast in Britain had been downgraded from two and a half to two per cent, and that our borrowing is still out of control.
"So again, these are ludicrous scare – these are scare stories that are being put up. Even if sterling, even if sterling were to fall a few percentage points after Brexit, so what?"
Prime Minister David Cameron said it was wrong to dismiss the fall in the pound, as it pushes up prices on ‘the weekly shop.’
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