A FURIOUS row between Nigel Farage and ardent Remainer Lord Adonis erupted on-air today after the outspoken peer claimed that the surge in eurosceptic parties across Europe was not linked to the EU.
Nigel Farage blasted Lord Adonis for denying that the surge in eurosceptic populist parties across leading European countries was connected to the agenda of the EU.
However, the pair clashed over the fate of the Europe, with the former leader of Ukip criticising Remainers for trying to keep the UK inside a crumbling EU bloc.
Mr Farage cited the election of eurosceptic parties in Italy, Austria and Hungary as key reasons why the European project was doomed.
The MEP said: "When you look at Italy and what just happened with the election of a very eurosceptic government.
"You look at the Hungarian elections, the Austrian elections, that the AfD in Germany are now the second biggest party.
"You see that the Swedish Free Democrats have just hit the lead in the polls ahead of the September election there.
"Across the continent there are people saying that this European model does not work, and has never been voted for.
"In my eyes, it seems you’re asking us to go back into something that seems to be falling to pieces."
Lord Adonis, who had lead the efforts to humiliate the Government's EU withdrawal bill in the House of Lords, fired back.
He said that there are no politicians in Italy who want to leave the EU, contrary to public opinion.
However, when he said that Italy's biggest concern - the refugee crisis - had nothing to do with the EU, Mr Farage pointed out that the EU's asylum policy was largely to blame for the chaos that unfolded in 2015.
Lord Adonis then switched topic and said that eurosceptic leader Viktor Orban does not want to leave the EU.
Mr Farage agreed with this, and said the new wave of eurosceptic governments were trying to reform the EU away from Brussels.
However, he added: "They are on a collision course with the European Commission.
"In the Hungarian, Austrian and Italian elections, where eurosceptic governments have been formed, the main pledge was to make their own laws and not be dictated to.
"They want to change it into something it can’t become, and when they fail they will want to leave."