Ukip 'can't do deal with Cameron'
An alliance between the Conservatives and Ukip is "virtually impossible to even contemplate" with David Cameron as Prime Minister, Nigel Farage says.
The Ukip leader told BBC One's The Andrew Marr Show, hosted by Jeremy Vine, he did not think there was any prospect of doing a deal with the Conservative Party with Mr Cameron in charge.
Commenting on talk of a possible alliance between the Conservatives and Ukip, he said: "I think with David Cameron as leader that is virtually impossible to even contemplate. It's very interesting, Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg, they don't agree with what Ukip stands for but they recognise that we have a sensible point of view that is held by a large number of people in this country.
"Mr Cameron, whenever he's asked about Ukip, just throws abuse at us and calls us nutters and closet racists, so I don't think there's any prospect of us doing a deal with the Conservative Party with Mr Cameron in charge."
On the chances of local deals on a national level with certain Tory candidates, he said: "It may happen but it's not my priority."
Extracts from Mr Cameron's Netherlands speech that he was forced to postpone due to the hostage crisis in Algeria showed the Prime Minister intended to make clear that he wanted the UK to play a "committed and active" part in the EU in future.
But he was also planning to warn that, if changes are not made to address the three key challenges of eurozone crisis, economic competitiveness and dramatically declining public support, "the danger is that Europe will fail and the British people will drift towards the exit".
The extracts released by Downing Street did not reveal whether the Prime Minister intended to commit himself to an in/out referendum on British membership of the EU following the renegotiation of its terms which he has already said he plans to undertake after the 2015 general election.
Mr Farage claimed pressure from Ukip and its supporters had contributed to a shift in public attitude towards the Europe Union.
He said: "The first thing to say is that 10 years ago you couldn't even discuss the question of leaving the EU in polite society, it was considered completely beyond the pale to even talk about. So the very fact that the Prime Minister is making a speech on this issue is actually a tribute to the thousands of people that have worked and helped get Ukip established as a political party."