Nigel Farage looks ahead to tonight's BBC debate as UKIP continues to dominate the political agenda



UKIP leader Nigel Farage today said he is "looking forward" to tonight's BBC debate on the EU against Nick Clegg.

The debate will take place at 7pm tonight.

The debates against Mr. Clegg have helped UKIP dominate the political agenda in recent days and produced a surge in membership applications that have taken party membership over 35,000 for the first time ever.

UKIP's leader is now widely regarded as the standard-bearer for majority eurosceptic opinion throughout Britain.

Nigel Farage told the BBC: "This is great - UKIP, mocked and derided, our arguments written off as being mad and extreme - and here we are on national television having a debate."

"The last time this happened, a big BBC debate, was 40 years ago. The only thing that is the same is David Dimbleby - everything else has changed."

The EU debate comes on the same day that a new report from MigrationWatch has predicted that some 500,000 EU migrants may come to Britain in the next five years.

The Twitter hashtag for tonight is #EuropeDebate. Supporters can join UKIP here and show support for Nigel Farage with the hashtag #TeamNigel. 

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