NIGEL FARAGE has promised Ukip will meet Brussels chiefs in court after the anti-establishment party was ordered to pay back more than £147,000 in alleged misused funds.
In November, the Alliance for Direct Democracy in Europe (ADDE), which Ukip is the main member of, was told to pay back £146,907 of the £425,892 it is accused of misspending by December 21.
The demand came after the anti-EU party was alleged to have spent grants on campaigning for the 2015 election.
Having none of it, Mr Farage said the allegation was ridiculous and claimed Ukip had been “willfully victimised” since the June referendum.
Speaking to BBC’s Radio 4, the Brexit campaigner said: ”What we have seen since Brexit are all the rules are being thrown out of the window.
“Every single eurosceptic party and group is being willfully victimised by a system that reminds me of the Soviet inquisitors, who made up their minds you’re guilty regardless of the evidence.
“We utterly reject what is being said and we will go to court over it.”
Ukip and the ADDE responded furiously after receiving the letter spelling out the demand to repay the funds and declared on the spot they would take the claim all the way to court.
Nigel Farage said: “We’ve been expecting this for years. We are in an environment where rules are wilfully interpreted as suits.
“I’ve understood absolutely the rules. This is pure victimisation. I am the most investigated MEP in history. Look at what the pro-EU groups were spending.”
Mischaël Modrikamen, vice president of ADDE, said he would appeal the decision but admitted not knowing all the details of the claims made against his political division.
He added: “There is a desire to liquidate them [Eurosceptic groups], to make them pay for Brexit.
“But I have never seen such disdain and violation of the rules and total absence of any normal process.”
During The World At One interview, the former Ukip leader also said he had not yet decided whether he would offer support to Marine Le Pen ahead of the general election in France next year.
Her anti-EU National Front has surged in popularity as France contends with the effects of the migrant crisis and an ever-present terror threat.
Giving a vague response if he would offer her aide, Mr Farage said: “I’ve never said a bad word about her but I’ve never said a good word about her party, so that’s the distinction.
“I’ve never liked the French National Front but I think she has tried to modernise it and make it better.”