Brexit Party merchandise made in Asia despite Farage vow to fight for Brit jobs
The Brexit Party is sourcing official merchandise in Bangladesh and China – despite leader Nigel Farage’s vowing to fight for “British jobs for British people”.
A £10 T-shirt and £24.99 hoodie are both made in Bangladesh, where textile workers pocket as little as 39p an hour.
And a Brexit party cap costing £8 is manufactured in China.
The news comes after outsourcing was blamed for a surge in illegal sweatshops as UK manufacturers are undercut by cheap imports.
Lib Dem MEP Chris Davies attacked Mr Farage’s party for “exploiting” workers overseas and branded them “self-serving bandits”.
Mr Davies said: “Brexit Party fantasies of returning to the 1950s appear to be reflected in the way they treat foreign workers.
Vulnerable workers are never on the minds of the Brexit Party, either at home or abroad.”
Items including a Brexit Party teddy bear, tea towel and pillow were found to be made in the UK. But a Brexit Party scarf, tie and socks did not feature countries of origin on their labels.
A recent report said textile workers in Leicester are paid less than the UK minimum wage as factories break the law to compete with dirt-cheap imports.
Meanwhile, the UK this year experienced its largest contraction in three years as car plants shut down and production dropped 24% amid Brexit fears. In June, we told how campaigners funding Mr Farage were selling £20 T-shirts made in Bangladesh.
The tees were on sale from the Leave.EU campaign, which boasts it is “backing Britain” and wants more jobs here.
Leave.EU is bankrolled by tycoon Arron Banks, who donated £450,000 to Mr Farage after his European election triumph with the Brexit Party.
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