Chancellor George Osborne has launched an explosive attack on Ukip leader Nigel Farage over his "disgusting scare stories" about bodies being washed up on Britain's shores and women being raped by migrants.
In a highly personalised onslaught, Osborne insisted the Brexit referendum had become a "battle for Britain's soul" because Farage had hijacked the Leave campaign.
The Chancellor accused the Brexit camp of peddling scare stories: "Disgusting things being said about the bodies of migrants being washed-up on the shores of Kent, or about women being raped by migrants.
"Let's be clear this is a battle for the soul of our country. I do not want Nigel Farage's vision of Britain. It is mean, it is divisive, it is not who we are as a country.
"Britain is a great country that is open and inclusive, and indeed a country that shapes the world, not is shaped by the world. That is what we are fighting for.
"Sadly, Nigel Farage and his vision of Britain has taken over the Leave campaign. And we are fighting against that." Osborne told the BBC as he urged the "mainstream" of the country to stand with him against Farage.