James Carver MEP, UKIP's Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs spokesman, has criticised the government's decision not to engage with French Presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, after it was revealed by the British Ambassador to France, that they had established contact with all other leading candidates.
Mr Carver said "It's bad diplomacy not to consider all eventualities in the next French presidential election, and with Mme. Le Pen expected to, at the least, reach the final round run-off in May, our government are refusing to engage with a politician who could become the President of a country just 21 miles away.
"Have they learnt nothing from the election of Donald Trump? The global establishment widely condemned him, but now, awkwardly find themselves trying to build diplomatic relations with him and his team, from an obviously uncomfortable position."
Mr Carver, who has on numerous occasions publicly emphasised that UKIP should not sit in the same group as Le-Pen in the European Parliament, said "I certainly don't condone either Mme. Le Pen, or her party, but, were she to "Do a Trump", the diplomatic fallout in the UK, would be, embarrassing, to say the least."