Ukip has been accused of "baseless scaremongering" after it used a party political broadcast on the BBC to warn of the dangers of Turkey joining the EU, highlighting its Muslim population and claiming 15 million of its citizens could migrate to the UK.

The advert provoked a backlash from pro-EU campaigners and MPs, as well as claims of Islamophobia from Twitter users, some of whom said they were planning to report the party to Ofcom.

The four-minute Ukip advertisement warned about the number of "Islamic imam schools" in Turkey, highlighted the shrinking number of Christians, and showed a succession of images of minarets and women wearing headscarves.

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