Michael Heaver, Nigel Farage’s former communications aide, rubbished claims that only foreign workers were happy to work in the country’s thriving coffee shops.
Speaking on Sky News, Heaver insisted unemployed Britons would flock to fill gaps in the job market left by Britain leaving the EU’s free movement area.
He said: “You’ve got coffee shops here and 65 per cent of their workforce are EU migrants, how does that make any sense when we have got unemployed people here?
“We do need to find them jobs…”
Heaver was rebuked by broadcaster and journalist Georgina Godwin, who claimed Britons would not take the jobs left by EU migrants.
“They’re not going to work in coffee bars, you are not going to get your morning latte unless we have migrants,” she said.
However, her comments were rubbished by Heaver, who launched a furious tirade in Godwin’s direction.
He blast: “Did we not get lattes before we had mass EU migration? Of course, we did.
“That is complete nonsense! We’re getting now into a very dangerous position where we say we have to have free movement.
“Look, we had the referendum – immigration is what won it for Leave. They want to control the number of people coming in.”
This comes as Germany has offered a soft Brexit with reduced jurisdiction from European Union judges over Britain and continued access to the single market in return for a British concession on free movement.
Sigmar Gabriel, the German foreign minister, suggested Europeans were ready to make trade-offs as the formal Brexit negotiations begin in Brussels.
Mr Gabriel told Welt am Sonntag: “Maybe there is now a chance to achieve a so-called soft Brexit.”
He added: “We will negotiate fairly, and fair means that we want to keep the British as close as possible to the EU – but never at the price that we divide the remaining 27 EU states.”