A Polish Catholic priest with a history of antisemitic and islamophobic statements was detained at Stansted airport on Saturday, before being deported from the country.
Jacek Miedlar had flown to the UK specifically to address a Britain First rally in the Shropshire town of Telford.
Jayda Fransen, the deputy leader of the far-right group, had advertised his attendance in a video released on February 19, in which she referred to Miedlar as a “Polish patriot”, and called for supporters to “come and stand with us against Muslim grooming gangs.”
Miedlar, a Polish nationalist, has reportedly been suspended by his local Catholic church for his nationalistic sermons. He has repeatedly denied Polish antisemitism or the role which Poland played in the Holocaust, accusing Jews of “anti-Polish narrative building” as part of a “Holocaust industry”.
Last year he was reported to have referred to Jews as “a cancer which swept Poland”. On his blog he has also referred to Islam as “the enemy” and to “the destruction of the ‘white man’.”
He was prevented from entering the country and was put on a flight back to Krakow the same day.
He published a post on his blog on Monday, where he claimed to have been stopped by the “Jewish secret service”.
A Home Office spokesperson said: “An individual was detained at Stansted airport at 8.40am on Saturday morning by Border Force officers working closely with Essex police.
“All passengers attempting to enter the UK are subject to checks by Border Force officers against police, security and immigration watch lists. Where we believe someone poses a risk, Border Force officers can – and do – refuse them entry.”