UKIP suspende namorada do líder por comentários racistas sobre noiva de príncipe

O partido eurocético britânico UKIP anunciou a suspensão de Jo Marney, namorada do líder, por comentários racistas sobre a noiva do príncipe William, Meghan Markle, em mensagens para uma amiga publicadas hoje por um tabloide.

A resposta a uma das mensagens - não se diz a quem foram enviadas - sugere que os comentários são racistas, ao que Jo Marney responde "E então?" - acrescenta que não quer que a sua cultura seja invadida por outras "raças".

Em informações divulgadas pelo DailyMail, Marney teria dito que "a noiva americana negra do príncipe vai manchar a Família Real com sua semente". O Ukip é conhecido como um grupo extremamente conservador, discursando contra imigrantes e um dos principais apoiadores da saída do Reino Unido da União Europeia.

Henry Bolton, antigo militar de 54 anos, assumiu aliderança do partido em Setembro do ano passado.

Marney reagiu à publicação através de um comunicado em que pede desculpa pela "linguagem chocante", mas considera que as suas afirmações foram "retiradas de contexto".

O presidente do partido, Paul Oakden, disse que decidiu suspender Marney assim que teve conhecimento das mensagens: "O UKIP não tolera, nunca tolerou e não tolerará o racismo", disse ao jornal.

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