Anti-EU campaign co-founder says he wants to privatise the NHS


We're not quite sure what happens to British businessmen and politicians when they travel to the States.

First Nigel Farage made those comments on Fox News about "no-go zones" across Europe that didn't actually exist, seeming to forget that we have the internet and can still see everything he's saying, and now the co-founder of the Leave.EU campaign has made some controversial comments to a think tank, reported by Bloomberg News.

"If it were up to me, I'd privatise the NHS," said Arron Banks amid the ongoing debate on whether leaving the EU would be good for our health service - due to being able to opt out of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership - or bad for it.

Former Conservative supporter Arron Banks (left) with Ukip leader Nigel Farage during the announcement that he has donated £1 million to Ukip
Banks, a former Conservative donor, began donating to Ukip in 2014 (Ben Birchall/PA)

But in other comments he probably hoped wouldn't make headlines in the UK, Banks revealed his campaign's strategy for winning over voters.

"If turnout is low, we win. If it's high, we lose," said Banks. "Our strategy is to bore the electorate into submission, and it's working."

The insurance executive didn't stop there - he also praised Donald Trump during his week-long trip to the States and explained the similarities, in his opinion, between anti-EU campaigners and the Republican presidential hopeful. Apparently they both share the same anti-Establishment sentiment.

"The way Trump is portrayed in the UK papers is lunatic, because I think he's actually running a very clever operation and game," Banks said, as he revealed the Leave campaign had consulted Trump's advisers.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump takes a photo with a supporter
Trump backed Brexit last week (Ted S. Warren/AP)

Bloomberg also report that Banks admitted there would be economic hardship in the UK if the Leave campaign was successful, but suggested it would be a price worth paying.

Banks is a former Conservative donor but made headlines when he donated £1 million to Ukip in 2014. He's since then managed to stay out of the headlines, leaving most of the groundwork to the rest of the campaign.

And who knows, following these comments, maybe the Leave campaign will wish it had stayed that way.