•Speaking during the debate on Croatia's accession treaty in Brussels, today, UKIP Leader Nigel Farage said if Croatia votes to join the European Union it would be renouncing 20 years of hard fought independence to rejoin another Yugoslavia in the making.
"This country has for nearly a thousand years sought independence, and for 20 years they've had independence - they got out of the failed political experiment that was Yugoslavia - and if they vote to join the European Union, they're voting to rejoin a new Yugoslavia, a failing political experiment that will implode," Mr Farage said.
Having visited Croatia last September to check on whether there was a fair campaign and a proper national debate, Mr Farage said:
"I found that the EU is doing everything it can to bribe the poitical class in Croatia. Already the EU has given 320 million euros to Croatia in what is called pre-accession aid."
"The EU has just spent a million euros on a blatant propaganda advertising campaign, telling Croatia that the EU is their only hope," he said.
"Cleverly, you've even given jobs to Croatians - highly paid jobs to Croatians in the European Parliament and in the European Commission just to show them how well off they'll be - the ruling class will be - if they join, and you've got EU flags flying on official buildings all over the country to give the impression that it's a done deal.
"You've got some willing helpers, because the old Communists are still there in Croatia, they still hold all the positions of power and they will all become personally enormously wealthy if Croatia joins the European Union.
"And there is an even more sinister side to this, because there is not a free press in Croatia. There is no national debate going on at all. Indeed a prize has been offered - 10,000 kunas have been offered if anybody can find an article in any Croatian newspaper suggesting that joining isn't the right thing to do.
"The whole campaign is bent, corrupt and distorted. We've seen this before from the European Union, but I think it's happening on a scale in Croatia that is worse than I've seen before.
"This country has for nearly a thousand years sought independence. And for 20 years they've had independence - they got out of the failed political experiment that was Yugoslavia - and if they vote to join the European Union, they're voting to rejoin a new Yugoslavia - a failing political experiment that will implode.
"I hope there is, in the last month or two a debate in Croatia. Sadly, I doubt it," Mr farage concluded.